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April 30, 2011

A trip to the mall, then a call from Jerry Jones

IRVING – After the final day of the NFL draft, the only thing David Arkin needed to make his day complete was a case for his cell phone.

Arkin, an offensive lineman from Missouri State drafted in the fourth round by the Cowboys on Saturday, had gone to a mall to get one when Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called.

"I was walking in, and that’s when I got the call," Arkin said. "I was freaking out up there."

Arkin, a 6-5, 302-pound senior, was trying to get his mind off the draft, disappointed that he hadn’t been drafted sooner than 109th. He said he didn’t expect the Cowboys to take him.

"They weren’t a team that I figured would target me, but you talk to a lot of different teams and you think some teams would take you more than others," he said. "But I think they try to disguise it to teams."

Arkin started all 44 games in college, the first 31 at right guard before moving to left tackle because of injury.

"I saw myself more as an interior guy, as that’s what I really enjoy playing," he said. "But I think I’m versatile and can play both."

As for that cell phone case?

"No, I just said forget it," Arkin said. "I just walked around for a couple of minutes and then I was like, ‘I can’t even do it,’ and I drove back."

-- Carlos Mendez

 

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