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David Yankey | Guard

Team: Stanford Cardinal
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/18/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 311

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Vikings selected Stanford G David Yankey with the No. 145 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Yankey (6-foot-5 5/8, 315) was a 40-game starter for the Cardinal, making 26 at left guard and 14 at left tackle. He was an extremely decorated collegiate, receiving second-team All-American honors in 2012 and first-team in 2013. Yankey was awarded the Morris Trophy as a redshirt sophomore, given to the Pac 12's top lineman. Despite the laundry list of awards, Yankey is a poor athlete (5.48 forty, 8-foot-7 broad jump) with limited strength (22 bench-press reps). At least two scouts labeled him a UDFA prospect during the pre-draft process. Yankey is at his best pulling and on the move. May 10 - 2:45 PM

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An anonymous NFL scout called Stanford OG David Yankey undraftable.

"I must not know what the heck I'm doing," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's one of the most disappointing guys I saw. I see that guy get pushed around, then he ran 5.5 at the combine. You've got to be kidding me. Free agent." Yankey, considered by some the top OG prospect during the season, has seen his stock deflate since it ended. He's consistent at being inconsistent," another scout said. "There's a lot of want there, but I just think he's nonathletic. He's a stiff guy. That bothers me. But you know what? There's so many in the league like that. I don't like him." A third scout was more complimentary: "A real battler. Generally a good anchor. Gets careless with head duck and will lunge. A Stanford kid will do what he needs to do to be successful."
May 3 - 7:39 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes that Stanford OG David Yankey is not a top tier prospect.

"I wasn't a big fan of Yankey when I studied him. Slow feet, struggles to redirect in space. I don't think he's a top tier prospect," Jeremiah tweeted. Yankey's disappointing outing at the combine did not help his draft stock any. Jeremiah also tweeted that he hasn't "talked to one scout/exec that would take David Yankey in the first 3 rounds." ESPN's Louis Riddick also chimed in and stated that Yankey "was one of the most over-valued prospects all fall/winter in this '14 draft." It's interesting that NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock's No. 1 guard is taking some heat as of late, look for Yankey's name to be called in the second-round of the draft.
Apr 3 - 2:36 AM

Stanford OG David Yankey will provide "good Day 2 value," according to Scout Inc's Steve Muensch.

"Yankey not as big or strong as [Mississippi State's Gabe] Jackson but he's also smart and plays with edge plus he has better feet," Muench wrote. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock's No. 1 guard had a disappointing combine, hoisted up a disappointing 22 reps on the bench, only two more than the worst showing for his position. Yankey (6-foot-5 5/8 and 315 pounds) is probably ticketed for the second round anyway. He's a ready-made product.
Mar 28 - 8:49 PM

Stanford OG David Yankey ran an official 5.48-second 40-yard dash at the combine.

That number was a bit better than his unofficial times of 5.50 and 5.53, but it's still middling. Of more concern? Yankey hoisted up a disappointing 22 reps on the bench, only two more than the combine's worst showing. He posted 10-yard split times of 1.81 and 1.87. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock's No. 1 guard also has 34-inch arms. Yankey measured in at 6-foot-5 5/8 and 315 pounds on Thursday. Mayock said on television that Yankey's "worst-case scenario" was slotting into the second round. He has an outside shot at the end of the first, though he didn't help himself toward that dream today.
Feb 22 - 5:07 PM

Stanford OG David Yankey measured in at 6-foot-5 5/8 and 315 pounds on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock's No. 1 guard also has 34-inch arms. Although Yankey has played some tackle, teams shouldn't invest a higher pick on him in hopes that he can make a smooth transition outside. While he has the size, smarts and balance for it, Yankey simply isn't athletic enough to project comfortably on an island against lightning-quick pro edge rushers. While that physical stiffness will keep him from going in top half of the first round, expect a long career as a dependable interior lineman. Yankey's name will be proclaimed amongst the first 50 by Roger Goodell in May's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 6:14 PM

Stanford's David Yankey is the No. 1 guard on NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock's draft board.

Yankey was unanimously voted an All-American in 2013, the eighth unanimous All-American selection ever at Stanford. He's a strong blocker who can play laterally and possesses positional versatility. Yankey is NFL-ready right now and could be a top-50 selection. Rounding out Mayock's top five guards were, in order, Xavier Su'a-Filo (UCLA), Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State), Chris Watt (Notre Dame), and Cyril Richardson (Baylor).
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 10:42 PM

Stanford redshirt junior G David Yankey declared for the NFL draft.

Yankey decided to bolt with a season of eligibility remaining after spending four years on campus; he's already earned his degree from Stanford. "I reached my decision following conversations with family and coaches, and am greatly looking forward to the next chapter in life," Yankey said in a statement. "The decision was not easy. I have loved my time at Stanford and am a proud member of Nerd Nation. I am humbled at the prospect of joining a long list of Stanford alumni currently playing in the NFL." Yankey was unanimously voted an All-American in 2013, the eighth unanimous All-American at Stanford. Already NFL-ready, he could be a top-50 selection.
Jan 13 - 3:44 PM

Stanford head coach David Shaw would not be surprised if redshirt junior G David Yankey declared for the NFL.

Shaw also noted that Yankey is "good enough" to make the move right now. The interior offensive line class is not as deep as it was last season, but Yankey would be relevant in any year. We could see him as a top 50 selection.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 03:20:00 PM

Stanford expects to lose redshirt junior G David Yankey to the NFL after this season, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Yankey will have finished four seasons at Stanford but missed a majority of his freshman year due to injury. The former left tackle made the move inside this season and has looked good. Pauline considers Yankey a top-45 to top-60 prospect.
Wed, Oct 2, 2013 04:07:00 PM

Stanford senior G David Yankey is questionable for Saturday's contest against Washington due to a family situation.

Yankey missed last week's game against Washington State tending to the same issue. Sophomore Joshua Garnett started in Yankey's stead versus the Cougars and would presumably do so again if the senior requires more time off. Yankey moved from tackle to guard this season. He's a strong blocker who can play laterally and possesses positional versatility.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 01:36:00 PM

Stanford senior G David Yankey will miss the game against Washington State due to a family situation.

It is important to note Yankey is not injured, but the family situation forced him to return home on Tuesday. Yankey "is healthy and in good standing with the team," although there is no timetable set for his return. Sophomore Joshua Garnett will start in Yankey's place.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 09:11:00 AM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah believes Stanford OL David Yankey projects better at G than T.

Yankey is a "physical player but he lacks ideal foot quicks and balance," Jeremiah tweeted. After playing tackle in 2012, Stanford is going younger on the edge and is moving Yankey to guard for his final season.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 08:58:00 AM

Stanford senior T David Yankey is moving to G for the 2013 season.

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl thinks the position change is a more natural fit. "Yankey has just average athleticism/feet but he's versatile, smart and has a lot of natural inline power," Weidl tweeted. "Like this guys toughness on tape." The Cardinal had two offensive linemen drafted high in 2012, and Yankey could prove to be another early pick in 2014.
Tue, May 7, 2013 09:55:00 AM