Fountain's Phil Loadholt drafted by Vikings

By: AP/11 Sports
By: AP/11 Sports

The Minnesota Vikings made former Fountain-Ft. Carson standout Phil Loadholt their second-round pick.

With the 54th overall selection, the Vikings filled a need with a player at a position that was in demand in the first round. They passed on tackle Michael Oher with the No. 22 pick to take receiver Percy Harvin.

Loadholt is listed at 6-foot-7 and 332 pounds. He was a two-time junior college All-American at Garden City Community College in Kansas before transferring to Oklahoma for his final two seasons. He started all 14 games at left tackle in 2007 and 13 games in 2008, earning first team All-Big 12 honors last year.

Ryan Cook struggled at right tackle last season, so the Vikings have been searching for a replacement. Artis Hicks is considered more valuable as a backup.


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