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.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.
Stanford cornerback / safety Devon Carrington (Profile 5/15)
UAB offensive tackle Kaycee Ike
East Carolina offensive guard Will Simmons
Wisconsin defensive end Ethan Hemer
Stanford defensive end Josh Mauro
Louisville defensive end Roy Philon
Shepherd outside linebacker Howard Jones
Missouri tight end Eric Waters
Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay
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