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.
The 2019 NFL Draft is set to start April 25 and Danish offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt (Yell-duh Fro-holt), one of only two international players in the Draft, is projected as a solid draft pick, going possibly as high as the fourth round.
If selected, Froholdt would join countrymen Andreas Knappe and Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen as the only Danes to play in the NFL.
The 6’5″, 315 lb, 22 year old native of Svendborg, Denmark who played football in his native country for the Søllerød Gold Diggers, first went to the United States as an exchange student in 2013. He landed in Ohio where he started playing football to make friends but excelled and moved to the IMG Academy in Florida towards the end of his high school career. He earned a 4-star recruiting grade there and after offers from a number of major schools ended up in Arkansas where he played guard and center. He developed quickly and was moved to the offensive line where he started all 13 games in 2016 at left guard. The following year he started all 12 games and did not allow a sack while taking only two penalties. Froholdt started his senior season at center, starting the first three games there before switching back to left guard for the final nine contests.