Offensive tackle Phil Loadholt never got the chance to block for Adrian Peterson at the University of Oklahoma. But he’ll get that opportunity in the pros.
Loadholt will be joining Peterson in Minnesota, as the Vikings selected Loadholt in the second round with the No. 54 overall pick during Saturday’s NFL Draft in New York City. Even though many analysts believed guard Duke Robinson and wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias had the chance to also be second-round picks, Loadholt was the only Sooner taken on the first day of the draft, which will resume today. Some analysts speculated before the draft that Loadholt had the chance to go late in the first round. But in the end, he was still on the board midway through the second, making it two years in a row that a Sooner was not selected in the first round. The 6-foot-8, 332-pound Loadholt could start immediately at right tackle in Minnesota and help pave running lanes for Peterson, who has rushed for more than 1,300 yards in each of his first two seasons in the NFL. Peterson and Loadholt just missed being teammates in Norman. Peterson skipped his senior season at OU and entered the 2007 NFL Draft. At about the same time, Loadholt, who spent his first two years of college at Garden City (Kan.) Community College, enrolled at OU in January and participated with the Sooners during spring drills.