Missouri State University offensive lineman David Arkin (Wichita, Kan.) was selected Saturday as the 110th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft when the Dallas Cowboys called his name as the 13th selection of the fourth round.
Arkin became the 17th Bear ever drafted by a National Football League team and second in as many years. Clay Harbor (TE, Dwight, Ill.) was a fourth-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010. Arkin is the second-highest MSU pick ever with Tom Mullen going as the 28th overall pick to the Giants in 1974.
“I just got off the phone with (Cowboys’ owner) Jerry Jones,” said Arkin who was at the Battlefield Mall in Springfield when the call came in. “It’s just crazy. It is a great feeling, and I am very excited about this opportunity.”
The 6-5, 302-pound senior from Wichita, Kan., has spent the offseason collecting awards. He was named to The Sports Network, Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation, American Football Coaches Association and Sports Network Division I FCS All-America squads for his outstanding senior performance. He is just the third MSU player to run the gauntlet and claim first-team All-America honors from all major selection agencies, joining Bill Walter (DT, 1991) and Wayne Boyer (K, 1996).
During the 2010 season, Arkin earned first-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference laurels for the second straight year after grading out at 87 percent for the year with 82 knock-down blocks. He started all 44 games of his college career and is just the third MSU player to earn All-MVFC honors four times, also claiming second-team all-conference honors in 2007 and 2008. He also was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America second team and claimed his fourth Academic All-MVFC honor this season.
Arkin was a six-time MVFC Offensive Lineman of the Week and earned the MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award during the fall semester of 2008. He helped the Bears average 425.5 yards total offense, 214.2 rushing yards and 30.4 points per game this season, all of which ranked in the top 24 nationally at the FCS level. He graduated in December with a 3.72 GPA in construction management.