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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 OLB Trent Murphy could entice the Eagles in late Day 2 or early Day 3 of the draft, writes Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench.

"He's a better fit at 3-4 outside linebacker and he's a relentless pass-rusher with active hands on tape," wrote Muench. "He's dipped into the late Day 2, early Day 3 conversation." The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder was a highly productive college player (he collected 15 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss last year) and has experience playing both defensive end and outside linebacker.
Mar 23 - 7:08 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench believes Stanford senior RB Tyler Gaffney's pass protection needs some work.

"Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney has quick feet for size and always moving forward. Also catches ball well but pass pro needs work," Muench tweeted. Gaffney is a workhorse back who has the ability to wear down defenses with his running style, but lacks the ideal explosion. He could be a complimentary piece to a NFL backfield at the next level and could be a third day selection. Our own Josh Norris sees flashes of Jackie Battle in Gaffney.
Mar 11 - 1:38 PM

Scouts have mentioned Stanford T Cameron Fleming as the offensive linemen "people" are sleeping on, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

"He’s been mentioned as a potential top 45 choice the past few days," Pauline wrote last Friday. "Most scouts have Fleming staying put at the right tackle spot he lined up at with the Cardinal." Fleming, along with David Yankey and Kevin Danser, left the Stanford football program this season, but the best prospect along that offensive line will be Andrus Peat.
Feb 26 - 11:07 AM

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

Panthers assistant WR coach Lance Taylor will be Stanford's next RB coach.

Taylor spent four seasons at the NFL level with the Jets and Panthers. Before that he was Appalachian State's WR. Taylor learned from one of the best, as he began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Alabama under Nick Saban. The Cardinal will likely be looking at younger running backs to step up next season.
Feb 10 - 11:28 AM

Stanford ILB Shayne Skov "will not run faster than 4.8-seconds" in the forty at the NFL Combine, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Pauline adds Skov bowed out of the Senior Bowl to prepare for the Combine. We love the event for the spectacle that it is, but forty times can be overblown for prospects who fill certain roles. For example, Brandon Spikes ran a 5.05 at Florida's pro day. Skov improved his game in 2013, likely due to health.
Jan 28 - 9:42 AM

Stanford OLB Trent Murphy will play defensive end during Senior Bowl week.

Coaches from the Atlanta Falcons decided to test the former linebacker's versatility by using him exclusively as an end in practices. "I can really play either. I played outside linebacker as a standup at Stanford, mostly the last three years, so that's what I'm comfortable with," Murphy said. "I think when you start getting down to the D-end, they start moving you to go four-eye, which gets you a little more inside. They keep bumping (me) in and in and in. So I'm not quite comfortable there. I like being on the edge." Murphy collected 15 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss last year. "It's huge," Murphy said of the thought of adding versatility. "It (would) make me a dynamic player, which is a huge benefit." ESPN.com's Todd McShay considers Murphy a second-round prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 21 - 12:17 PM

A Vanderbilt official confirmed that the school will name Stanford co-defensive coordinator Derek Mason as head coach.

John Ingram, a Vandy booster and search committee member, told The Tennessean that the Commodores have found their man: "Yes sir! ... I am very excited," he said. Vanderbilt is expected to announce the news any minute now, and they'll likely hold a press conference on Saturday. James Franklin, now Penn State's coach, has been picking off 2014 Vanderbilt recruits, so Mason's first order of business will be to fend off Vandy's old boss for the remaining commits.
Jan 17 - 7:18 PM

Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton turned down Vanderbilt's head coaching job, according to CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Vanderbilt had a private plane set to get Hamilton and his family this morning "but he passed to stay (as) Colts OC," according to Feldman. Hamilton joined the Colts this year after coaching at Stanford. Vanderbilt has reportedly moved on to Derek Mason, the Cardinal co-defensive coordinator.
Jan 17 - 1:53 PM

Stanford co-defensive coordinator Derek Mason will be named Vanderbilt's next head coach, according to 247 Sports.

Shannon Terry adds no timetable on the announcement has been set. Mason has been at Stanford since 2010 after previously coaching defensive backs with the Vikings from 2007-2009. CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler reports Mason has a second interview with Vanderbilt officials on Friday.
Jan 17 - 1:24 PM

Stanford junior OT Cameron Fleming declared for the NFL draft on Tuesday.

"I want to thank my coaches, teammates and the Stanford family for a spectacular four years at a wonderful university," Fleming said in his announcement. Fleming (6-foot-6, 318-pounds) started the past two seasons at right tackle for the Cardinal. He joins left guard David Yankey in declaring early for the draft, leaving David Shaw's staff to replace four of five starting offensive lineman in 2014 (left tackle Andrus Peat returns). During Fleming's three seasons on the active roster, Stanford produced a 1,300-yard rusher every year and led the Pac 12 in fewest sacks allowed this past season.
Jan 15 - 10:43 AM


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