Much attention was paid to Vikings 1st round pick Percy Harvin as he made his regular season NFL debut in Cleveland last weekend. Harvin had a profound impact on the game, hauling in a 6-yard TD reception and accumulating 157 all-purpose yards on 8 touches.
But there was another 1st day pick who had an impact on the game as well. Phil Loadholt, taken in the 2nd round last April, played in his 1st NFL regular season game and got the start at RT. Without sitting down next to a coach or scout in the film room, it appears Loadholt performed well, considering Adrian Peterson rushed for 180 yards and 3 scores and the Vikings offense scored 30 total points.
Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell indicated on Thursday while meeting with reporters that Loadholt indeed had a good first outing.
“He’s a rookie, under those circumstances – starting a game on the road, his first NFL start – I think he did a nice job,” Bevell said. “He competed in there; he’s a physical guy, he’s a giant man.”
Loadholt’s size, as Bevell referenced, gives him the potential to be a truly dominant lineman in the NFL. And the good news for the Vikings, according to Bevell, is that Loadholt doesn’t seem to be the type of player who will rely simply on his size to do the work. He’s willing to put in the extra effort on a play-to-play basis.
“What I really like about him is he finishes plays,” Bevell explained. “You watch some of those tapes [and] you can see him downfield trying to get that extra block. That’s what I like about him.”
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Darrell Bevell, Percy Harvin, Phil Loadholt
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