NEW YORK -- 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).