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Cowboys select Missouri State guard in 4th round
IRVING, TEXAS (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys are bulking up in the NFL draft.
Dallas added its second offensive linemen in its first four picks, selecting Missouri State’s David Arkin with the 110th overall pick Saturday.
The 6-foot-5, 302-pound Arkin started all 44 of his games at Missouri State, where he was on The Associated Press FCS All-American team last season. He is also smart, with a 3.71 GPA in construction management.
At Missouri State, Arkin played right guard for three seasons before moving to left tackle as a senior. He believes his versatility and a “bit of a mean streak” likely caught the attention of NFL teams, though he was a bit surprised to get a call from Jerry Jones.
“It wasn’t a team that I figured targeted me or whatever. You talk to a lot of teams, and think some are looking at you more than others,” Arkin said. “I talked to (the Cowboys) at the combine. Beside that, they hadn’t really had contact with me.”
Arkin wasn’t even watching the NFL draft on television Saturday. To ease his anxious emotions waiting for a call, he had decided to get out of the house and go to the mall to pick up a case for his phone.
“I walked around for a couple of minutes,” he said of what happened after the call. “I couldn’t do anything and just drove back home.”
Before going to Buffalo, Thomas played high school in the Dallas suburb of Cedar Hill, where he played for a Texas 5A state championship team in 2006. At 5-11, 196 pounds, Thomas is a bit undersized at cornerback, but is a speedster who also competed as a sprinter on Buffalo’s track and field team.
The Cowboys still had three more picks Saturday, including two seventh-rounders.
With only a handful of NCAA Division II and junior college offers out of high school in Wichita, Kansas, Arkin took the only Division I offer he had _ from Missouri State.
He played in the East-West Shrine Classic in January, which he called a good test. Now the kid who was spurned by home state universities Kansas and Kansas State is a fourth-round NFL draft pick.
“That’s something that put a chip on my shoulder. Coming out of high school, I didn’t get an offer from the local teams,” Arkin said. “It worked out for the best.”
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