Patriots fourth-round pick Hjalte Froholdt has terrific backstory

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By WEEI 93.7

There were some great stories from players selected in the NFL draft, but Patriots fourth-round pick Hjalte Froholdt has to be near the top.

Froholdt began playing football in his native country of Denmark before coming to the United States and playing his sophomore year as an exchange student in Ohio. He then returned to Demark for his junior season before coming back to the United States to play his senior year at IMG Academy in Florida.

He was recruited by Arkansas as a defensive lineman, but switched to offense following his freshman season. His coach at Arkansas, and the coach who recruited him, Bret Bielema was the one who called him to let him know he was drafted by the Patriots as he's now a member of the organization.

"Coach B recruited me at Arkansas and I'll always respect Coach B," Froholdt said on a conference call after being selected. "The pretty much only contact we've been in is when I congratulated him for his new baby. I just missed him when I was broadcasting at the Super Bowl – I was with the Danish media – and I also just missed him at the combine. I just wanted to say hi. Other than that, I haven't really spoken much with him."

Froholdt actually attended Super Bowl LIII as a member of the Danish media, a broadcaster.

"We were up in the booth. I sat next to the Swedish media," he said. "Basically, we were down on the field for a little bit doing some broadcasting down there and then went up into the box and broadcast the whole game."

Although he doesn't have a set position, he can play all three on the interior and will benefit greatly from having Dante Scarnecchia as a coach.

"You're getting a player that really cares. I love the game of football. I always played it just because I loved it," Froholdt said. "There was never really claims to come to this point, but I'm excited to be a Patriot and I literally can't stress enough how excited I am. It's going to be amazing to be up there and get out to Boston and be a part of that community."