Second-round pick Loadholt signs

Updated: July 29, 2009, 9:12 PM ET
Associated Press

MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have signed second-round draft pick Phil Loadholt.

The deal was done on Wednesday, ensuring the team's new right tackle would report to training camp on time. Players are required to arrive by Thursday, and the first practice is Friday. Loadholt's addition left the Vikings with one last player to sign, first-round draft pick Percy Harvin, the versatile, speedy wide receiver from Florida.

Loadholt, who stands 6-foot-8 and 343 pounds, is expected to be the starter at right tackle, where incumbent Ryan Cook struggled last season. Veteran backup Artis Hicks could also be considered at the position.

"It's exciting," Loadholt said. "I'm looking forward for the opportunity to compete."

Loadholt played in college at Oklahoma.

"It's very important for rookies to be in camp on time," he said. "I know the Vikings do a good job of getting it done."


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