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Report: Loadholt to visit

March 18th, 2009 – 11:27 AM by Judd Zulgad

Oklahoma offensive tackle Phil Loadholt is among the draft prospects expected to visit Winter Park next month, according to a report by Scout.com. Loadholt, 6-8, 332 pounds, is rated as the 10th best tackle prospect in the draft by Pro Football Weekly and The Sporting News. TSN puts a fifth-round grade on him. The Vikings, of course, are looking to upgrade at right tackle.

The PFT scouting report on Loadholt reads like this: ”A college left tackle who projects to the right side in the pros. Loadholt can swallow defenders when he can latch on. However, he always will be troubled by quickness, edge speed and strong leverage rushers who can get underneath him and he will need chip help to protect the edge. A massive mauler whose best attribute is sheer size, Loadholt could have a chance on a big-bodied line such as that of the Vikings, Steelers or Cowboys. He will not be able to get away with being slopping in the pros.” 

As for Loadholt’s visit, he would be one of about 30 draft eligible players the Vikings are allowed to host. The Vikings do things differently from many teams, bringing in all the players on the same day and then hosting a dinner to conclude the event.

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