Vikings Add a Load on the O-Line in Loadholt

With their second round pick, the Viking took 6’ 8” 343 lbs. offensive tackle Phil Loadholt from the university of Oklahoma.

First of all, let’s stop the whole “ he is not suited to play left tackle” talk. The Viking brought him in to play right tackle….Period ! I would also like to state that in my humble opinion, Loadholt is a tremendous Right tackle prospect and may have been the best fit for the Minnesota offensive scheme of the entire draft. OK, so he has some trouble with his footwork and yes, he will struggle at first against the most elite speed rushers in the game. That is why he is a right tackle. He will have the luxury of having TE Jim Klinesasser beside him to help there.

Right tackles, and particularly right tackles in the west coast offence with elite running backs such as Adrian Peterson need to be able to run block first. In Loadholt, the Vikings got themselves a road grader. A merciless behemoth earth moving monster designed to run over or through anything in it’s path. At the University of Oklahoma, Loadholt was a pancake machine ! Adrian Peterson has to be giddy over this selection.

Loadholt has a relatively low % of body fat for a man his size, and has a very long wingspan. Great stamina who plays just as hard in the fourth quarter as he does on the first play of the game. He does not have good natural knee bend and will need to be coached on his footwork. His hips are a bit stiff and he will have to improve his overall technique to become an elite right tackle. But his natural strength is in the category of Steve Hutchinson and he should step in immediately and start, is a huge upgrade over Ryan Cook and should develop into an elite run blocker with pro bowl potential.

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