Former Penguin and western Pennsylvania native Chris Elkins (Beaver Falls) signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the organization announced following the NFL Draft. Elkins was one of 10 players to sign with the Steelers after the draft.
Elkins will participate in the Steelers' rookie minicamp next weekend, which runs May 16-18. He was one of two offensive lineman signed by Pittsburgh after the draft. The Steelers also used one of their nine draft picks on an offensive lineman.
A four-year starter, Elkins had a standout career with YSU. Ironically, he started at right guard in 2012 when the Penguins went into Heinz Field, home of the Steelers, and helped lead the Penguins to a 31-17 over the Pittsburgh Panthers.
As a senior in 2013, he was named a second-team All-American by The Associated Press while receiving third-team honors from The Sports Network. He also played in the East-West Shrine Game in January.
Elkins, a two-time first-team all-conference selection, started all 12 games at center for the Penguins this year. In 2013, he was the team's Offensive Lineman of the Game five times - Morehead State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
He played every snap in seven games out of 12 and his grade for season was 87 percent (highest in four years since Coach Eric Wolford joined the staff). For the campaign, he played 717 snaps and had just four missed assignments per the coaching staff while not allowing a sack and only two quarterback hurries.
Elkins started the final 38 games of his career including every game as a sophomore, junior and senior. He moved to center from right guard for the 2013 slate.
A scout from the Steelers was in attendance on March 19 at the WATTS when six former YSU players took part in the program's Pro Day.
Following the 2013 NFL Draft, former Penguin Lamar Mady signed with the Oakland Raiders and was actitvated by the squad midway through the season.