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New England Patriots pick Danish OL Hjalte Froholdt in 4th round of 2019 NFL Draft

The New England Patriots have drafted Danish offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt  (Yell-duh Fro-holt) with a fourth-round pick at No. 118 overall.

This was only the second time in history that a Dane has been drafted in the NFL Draft. The first was NFL Hall of Fame Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen  in the 1982 NFL Draft. He too was picked in the fourth round.

Froholdt, who played defensive tackle as a freshman, was considered one of the best pass-blocking guards in this year’s draft class.

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.

Allowed just one sack in two years

With the Razorbacks, 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. He finally got beaten for a sack late in the season, the first time in two years.

According to the Pats Pulpit, Froholdt’s versatility is definitely a draw for the Patriots, but that’s not the only reason why the Patriots selected him.

Patriots head coach Bill Bellichick really likes international linemen.