April 29, 2007
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IOWA CITY — Mike Elgin became the second native Iowan and the second offensive lineman at the University of Iowa to be selected in the 2007 NFL Draft when the New England Patriots called Elgin’s name in the seventh round.
Elgin, a senior from Bangston, joined UI offensive lineman Marshal Yanda of Anamosa, and tight end Scott Chandler as Hawkeyes who had their names called in the NFL’s annual draft of the very best college football talent when the Patriots selected him with the 37th pick in the seven round. Elgin was the 247th players selected overall.
Elgin had a brilliant career as Hawkeye, starting the last three years in Iowa’s offensive line. His 2006 stat line includes starts in all 12 games, honorable mention all-Big Ten honors, first-team academic all-America honors and was named recipient of the UI’s Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award. He closed his collegiate career as a finalist for the Draddy Trophy – the top academic award presented in college football, was named winner of the 2006 Alamo Bowl Sportsmanship Award, and was selected to participate in the Hula Bowl.
Elgin is the 49th starter for the Hawkeyes over the past eight seasons to be selected in the NFL Draft or to have signed an NFL free agent contract, a roster of Hawkeyes that includes Robert Gallery, the 2002 Outland Trophy winner as college football’s top offensive lineman.
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