Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Froholdt ranks 5th among linemen in Thursday testing
Arkansas offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt does he bench press at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas offensive lineman Hjalte Frholdt had a strong testing day at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Froholdt had 31 reps on the 225-pound bench press Thursday, which was fifth best among offensive linemen behind Iosua Opeta of Weber State (39), Garrett Bradbury of North Carolina State (34), Phil Haynes of Wake Forest (33) and Yodny Cajuste of West Virginia (32).
Froholdt, who reported to the combine to begin medical evaluations and interviews with teams on Tuesday, will go through on-field testing Friday. Froholdt, who grew up in Denmark before moving to the United States in high school, is the first Danish player who has ever been invited to the combine.
At Wednesday weigh-ins, Froholdt was measured at 6 feet, 4 5/8 inches and 306 pounds. He recorded a hand size of 9 6/8 inches, arm length of 31 2/8 inches and wingspan of 76 4/8 inches.
Prior to the combine, NFL.com gave Froholdt a draft grade of 5.37. A 5.20-5.49 grade on the scale is described as "NFL backup or special teams potential," while a grade of 5.50 or greater is described as a chance to become an NFL starter.
"Froholdt has primarily lined up at guard, but a move to center might give him his best shot as a pro," according to an analysis written on his NFL.com bio. "He has good power to absorb and neutralize at the point of attack, but there just aren't enough wins as an in-line blocker due to his lack of push. Froholdt also struggles to protect his edges through foot quickness or functional power and he should be able to get the help he needs at center. His ability to play both guard and center strengthens his case to become a solid backup who can step in and start in a pinch."
Following Froholdt's performance at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl last month, Ric Serritella of NFLDraftBible.com said Froholdt could be drafted as high as the second or third round. Serritella said Froholdt, who played at guard and center in college, projects more as a guard.
“I had Froholdt as the highest-rated player there,” Serritella said of the NFLPA game. “From the weigh-ins until I left, he checked off all the boxes. I thought at weigh-ins he had a great physique; I have in my notes that he looks like a Greek god. He’s going to be one of these guys that I think at the combine is going to be a workout warrior.”
Froholdt is one of four former Razorbacks at this week's combine, along with linebacker Dre Greenlaw, defensive lineman Armon Watts and cornerback Ryan Pulley.
Arkansas will host a Pro Day for its draft-eligible former players on March 11.
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