The NFL Draft wrapped up Saturday, with plenty of players still waiting to hear their names called. YSU has not drafted a player since 1998, but center Chris Elkins learned that he will still have a chance to play on Sundays.
Elkins signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as one of their ten priority free agents. He started 38 out of 45 games in his time with the Penguins, and was named 1st team All conference two years in a row, along with 2nd team All American his senior season. Elkins played guard all of his life before switching to center this past year under his roommate Kurt Hess.
“I definitely think I came into the right situation for me, it was the best thing that could have happened,” he said. “I played for Coach Wolford, who is a great offensive line coach and has put a lot of lineman into the NFL. I got to move to center this season and show my versatility.”
Elkins grew up just 30 minutes from Pittsburgh in nearby Beaver Falls, but actually started out as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. Still, he and his family are excited about the opportunity to play in the Steel City.
“It hasn’t really set in fully yet, I guess it will tomorrow,” said Elkins. “All my friends and family back home really love the idea of me playing for the Steelers, because they all grew up Steelers fans obviously.”
Elkins reports to the Steelers Monday, where he will participate in mini-camps and meetings up to June 20th.