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7 Days of Draftsmas: Loadholt Not Being Handed the Starting Job

Phil Loadholt may indeed be a load, but that doesn’t mean he’s being handed the starting right tackle job, even despite Ryan Cook‘s well-documented struggles.  “He’ll compete, certainly,” Brad Childress said of the second-round draftee’s status. “That will be the goal, to get him into a rotation to compete. We’ll just see how fast he can adjust to that side and everything we’re doing on offense.”

Childress declared that Cook and Artis Hicks remain the #1 and #2 right tackles for the time being.  I thought before that the Vikes might make a run at Mark Tauscher or another veteran tackle, but I now believe they’re content to let Loadholt take the job if he can, and fall back on Ryan Cook if they must.  They would’ve been happiest to wrest Jordan Gross away from Carolina but that plane never got off the ground.

Another interesting tackle tidbit:  evidently, arm-length is indeed a big factor for the Vikes when it comes to drafting offensive linemen; at least, that’s what I infer from Rick Spielman‘s remark about Loadholt having “long arms.”  I mention this because the knock against Eben Britton was that his arms were too short.  So I guess Britton was never a serious prospect for us.

And one more thing:  Loadholt on the chance to work with Bryant McKinnie:

He’s a big guy and a Pro Bowl player. I am excited about playing on the same line as him. I look forward to learning a lot of things from him.

First of all, he’s never made a Pro Bowl, but thanks for playing anyway Phil, and enjoy your parting gift.  Second of all…gosh, I hope Phil doesn’t learn too much from McKinnie, if you know what I mean.

Topics: Artis Hicks, Brad Childress, Bryant Mckinnie, Carolina Panthers, Eben Britton, Jordan Gross, Mark Tauscher, Phil Loadholt, Rick Spielman, Ryan Cook

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  • Mike

    The draft might work out if Harvin behaves and stays healthy and Loadholt develops.  But I am glad I didn’t pass up on Michael Oher.   He could have replaced McKinnie at left tackle and perhaps they could have moved McKinnies to right tackle, solving two problems on the line at once.

  • Mike

    But the biggest reason I had to rate the draft successful is that if the Vikings would have selected tackle Oher in round 1 instead of WR Harvin, it would have been very difficult to get a good WR later.   This year only 4 tackles went in the first 36 picks compared to all seven big WRs.  Last year, it was the reverse with 8 tackles and no WRs going in round 1 and seven WRs in round 2.  The Vikings were right to go WR then tackle.

  • papaspud

    also being a Boise State fan, I see the Viks picked up a couple of quality players after the draft. These are Ian Johnson and vinny Peretta. Ian set the WAC career record for touchdowns beating out such backs as ladamien tomlinson and marshall faulk. Thse guys will both work very hard and I believe have a good shot at making the team….I hope the future shows me right. Go Vikings and go Boise State !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!