PFF Includes Former Razorback Among 10 Sleepers for NFL Draft

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By Otis Kirk

A former Razorback, offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt, is listed by Pro Football Focus’ Mike Renner as one of the 10 sleepers for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Renner’s story appeared on the ESPN.com website. Froholdt is rated by PFF as the No. 4 offensive guard and No. 55 prospect in the draft. Renner wrote the following about Froholdt.

“Pass protection on the interior is never going to catch your eye like a pancake block does, but the former is far more valuable than the latter as an evaluator. That’s likely one of the only reasons Froholdt isn’t in the conversation as the draft’s top guard.

He’s far softer in the run game than you’d like and rarely moved people off the line of scrimmage in the SEC. As a pass protector, though, his hands, feet and technique are all top-notch. Froholdt allowed all of five pressures between center and guard last season. He held up better against Quinnen Williams than any other offensive lineman all season (zero pressures on 41 pass-blocking snaps). That alone should tell you that he can step in and play at the next level.”

Froholdt came to Arkansas in the Class of 2015 as a four-star defensive lineman from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy. He was moved to the offensive line following his freshman season. 

In 2018 in his lone year under Chad Morris, he was third-team All-SEC according to the AP. He was also one of the team captains. He started all 12 games as a senior. He played both center and left guard as a senior.

Froholdt didn’t allow a sack in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. He graded out 88.5 percent from PFF in pass block protection in 2018. He totaled 815 snaps including 440 in pass protection in 2018. 

At the 2019 NFL Combine, Froholdt was 6-4 5/8. 306-pounds. He ran a 5.2 in the 40-yard dash, recorded 31 reps in the bench press, had a vertical of 27 inches and broad jumped 8 feet, 9 inches. 

Following the Arkansas Pro Day on March 11, Froholdt talked about how he felt it was going for him up to that point.

“I think I’ve done well,” Froholdt said. “I’m satisfied with what I’ve been doing. Training went really well. I trained out in LA. You’d think it would be good weather but it was raining all the time. It was good and the combine was interesting. It was stressful, I’m not going to lie, but it was a really cool experience talking to all these coaches and talking football. That’s what you really want to do, and it’s exciting.”

Froholdt came to the United States as a sophomore from Denmark. He chose the Hogs over Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and many others in recruiting. 

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