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Pittsburgh Steelers Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Profile: Youngstown State Offensive Guard Chris Elkins

May 15th, 2014 at 9:35 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers did to many fans surprise add some more young depth to their offensive line in the NFL Draft with the selection of Vanderbilt tackle Wesley Johnson. The team was not finished there, adding three more linemen as undrafted rookie free agents.

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Youngstown state offensive guard Chris Elkins may come from a small school, but the four-year starter is an experienced interior lineman that has some athleticism. At 6-2, 297-pounds, he is a smaller quicker lineman who ran an impressive 4.91 40-yard dash at his pro day.

While there will be a question about his competition level and strength, Elkins was a two-time first team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection and is a blue-collar type prospect. To have a chance in the NFL, he will have to get stronger to anchor against bigger more athletic defensive linemen than he faced in college.

At this point, Elkins enters this weekend’s rookie minicamp as a long shot to make the roster entering a competition at one of the more complete positions on the roster. Yes, he has the ability to be a depth guy in a zone scheme, but he will have to see time in the weight room to make that happen.

Defensive Backs

Stanford cornerback / safety Devon Carrington (Profile 5/15)

Offensive Linemen

Youngstown State offensive guard Chris Elkins

UAB offensive tackle Kaycee Ike

East Carolina offensive guard Will Simmons

Defensive Linemen

Wisconsin defensive end Ethan Hemer

Stanford defensive end Josh Mauro

Louisville defensive end Roy Philon


Shepherd outside linebacker Howard Jones

Tight End

Missouri tight end Eric Waters


Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay


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Tags: Chris Elkins, Football, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, undrafted rookie free agents, Youngstown State

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