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Vikings land their right tackle, a McKinnie clone, in Round Two

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Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:26 p.m.
By Eric Edholm

I honestly thought some team would reach for Phil Loadholt in Round One given the way teams value the OT position. I thought Loadholt would be the kind of player who would be this year's Duane Brown, a lower-rated guy who ends up in Round One because of need.

I clearly was wrong about Loadholt and Eben Britton, but the Vikings were patient and let Loadholt fall to them at 54, which is right about where some league folks had him placed, talent-wise.

Right tackle is a big need for the Vikings, and they like their guys big. Body-wise, he's almost a mirror image of Bryant McKinnie, who goes 6-8 and 335. Loadholt is a whisker under 6-8 and checks in at 332.

What's he good at? Power blocking in the run game, and he'll be clearing the way for another Oklahoma guy, RB Adrian Peterson. Is Loadholt going to be a star? Maybe not, but he has much longer arms than Ryan Cook, last year's starter, and like McKinnie, he flashes some serious nastiness from time to time.

Percy Harvin and Phil Loadholt ... not a bad pair in a day's work.

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