Phil Loadholt Scouting Report
|Height & Weight:||6'8 - 337 lbs.|
2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Phil Loadholt, OL, Oklahoma
There are not many tackles as big as Phil Loadholt. At 6-8 and 337 pounds, he is big even for a lineman. His road to Oklahoma went through Garden City Community College where he spent his freshman and sophomore seasons dominating the juco ranks. In 2007, Loadholt stepped into the starting role at left tackle with the Sooners. His size alone could make him a first round selection, but Loadholt has plenty to prove during the 2008 season. Thus far, his collegiate career has been marred by inconsistency. When Loadholt cannot simply physically have his way with the opposition, he tends to get beat. He has a long way to go in the mental game before he will be a top lineman in the NFL. If he can keep his head in the game and work on his technique, Loadholt will be a great offensive tackle. If Loadholt's senior season goes well, he will be a first round choice in 2009. If it goes very well and he cuts down on his mistakes, Loadholt could be the first tackle off the board and a top five selection in April. There is a long way to go for Loadholt before he can start thinking about being a top selection, but all the physical tools are there for him to have a solid NFL career. 10/16 Update: Phil Loadholt was having a good season until he went up against Brian Orakpo. The Texas defensive end got the best of Loadholt and that has brought up some questions about the massive 6-8 tackle. Loadholt has to prove that he can deal with quick ends and keep his head in the game. 2/12 Update: Loadholt will still struggle with his lateral movement, but that is not a big surprise for a 6-8, 345 pound tackle. His showing during Senior Week was quite impressive and he was pushing away smaller ends all week long. His foot speed is not going to get much better with time, so NFL teams pretty much know what they are getting and he will make a decent left or right tackle for just about any team. 4/16 Update: There has not been much buzz about Loadholt over the last couple of months, but that is mostly because teams know what they are going to get with him. While other offensive tackles move up or down, Loadholt has been sitting steady as a probable late second rounder. He will need to do some work before he is a dominating tackle, but he could be starting on the right side for a few teams this year.
Last Updated Apr-16-2009 by Joel Welser
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