It’s a big weekend for former Arkansas offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt. He’s hoping to make his dream of playing in the NFL a reality.
“I don’t know,” says Froholdt, “trying to stay open minded. I’ve been speaking a little bit to Frank (Ragnow), and he said, ‘Dude, just relax. No matter where you end up it’s going to be a good situation for you and your life is going to change. Be excited about it, be happy.'”
Froholdt came to the United States his sophomore year of high school as an exchange student from Denmark. Wanting to play for a high school with a rich tradition in football, he landed at Warren G Harding HS in Ohio. Quickly, his knack for the game drew attention of Division One schools all over the country.
Froholdt came to Arkansas as a defensive lineman, but after his freshman season, he made the switch to the other side of the ball where he became one of the best offensive lineman in the country.
He’s now ready to take the next step and play football professionally. He says he’s not sure exactly where in the draft he could be chosen, but he’s says if a team gets him for cheap, it’s going to be a steal.
“I havent peaked nearly enough yet. I am not a perfect, well rounded player yet. I think that I’ve increased every single year, gotten better every single year. The game has slowed down and I think I am only going to continue to get better. I think that I am a valuable pick for some teams. I may not be one of those players they pluck in and start immediately. I have those expectations that I am going to start immediately, but I think that I am only going to be better as the years go by.”
The NFL Draft starts Thursday from Nashville, TN.