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NFL Draft: Phil Loadholt’s draft stock rising

By Jake Trotter Modified: April 20, 2009 at 3:29 pm •  Published: April 20, 2009

photo - OU tackle Phil Loadholt is rising on NFL draft boards. Photo by CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU tackle Phil Loadholt is rising on NFL draft boards. Photo by CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
I wish I had played four,” Loadholt, a former junior-college transfer, told The Oklahoman in a phone interview last week. "I progressed a lot from that first to second year at OU. But I still have a lot of room to improve as far as technique.

"I’m only going to get better.”

Among the teams that appear to share that thinking include Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Minnesota, Oakland, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, which have all flown him in for a private meeting.

With needs at tackle, local reports suggest Buffalo, Chicago and Dallas could also have Loadholt high on their draft boards.

"I pretty much have no idea who is going to take me,” Loadholt said. "I’m just excited to see what happens.”

"Loadholt is going to be a right tackle. He’s a massive offensive lineman. Some people really like him, some don’t. Some think first, some think fourth, depending on how people graded him out. There’s a wide range of opinion on Phil Loadholt.”

Currently projects Loadholt will be taken by the Oakland Raiders in the second round with the 40th overall pick
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr

Former first-rounders

First-round picks in the Stoops era:
Year Player Pos. Overall pick Team
2007 Adrian Peterson RB 7 Vikings
2006 Davin Joseph OG 23 Buccaneers
2005 Jammal Brown OT 13 Saints
2005 Mark Clayton WR 22 Ravens
2004 Tommie Harris DT 14 Bears
2003 Andre Woolfolk CB 28 Titans
2002 Roy Williams SS 8 Cowboys
2000 Stockar McDougle OT 20 Lions
Compiled by Jake Trotter

Jake Trotter caught up with former Oklahoma standouts Allen Patrick and Reggie Smith, who were both in town this weekend for Tommie Harris’ annual charity golf tournament.

To read what they had to say, visit the OU blog at


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