David Yankey, OG, Stanford, (HT: 6’5⅝”; WT: 315 lbs)
Fifth Round: 145th Pick
NFL Comparison: Evan Mathis, Offensive Guard, Philadelphia Eagles
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- Built like the prototype for what an NFL guard should look like.
- Plays with a clear essence of “just plain tough.”
- Operates with a lower center of gravity than evaluators would expect out of a prospect of his nearly 6'6" frame.
- Plays with a great motor and a clear to desire to hit somebody.
- Possesses a great strength for pulling into free space and engaging defenders with good leverage.
- Has very good feet.
- Keeps his head up through run plays—pre-snap and post-snap—and drives his legs.
- Displays nasty hands in close spaces; he's a phone-booth fighter.
- Quick first step upfield, can look like a cherry bomb exploding out of his stance.
- Was dominating at times versus All-American Arizona State DT Will Sutton during their 2013 meeting.
- He was the go-to guy on the Stanford offensive line; if the team needed two yards in an “and-short” situation, it ran behind him.
- A team captain and Stanford’s first two-time All-American since Bob Whitfield (1990, 1991).
- Seems to prefer run blocking to pass blocking.
- Can lose control in downfield pursuit and allow himself to be shed by second-level defenders.
- In pass protection, can get his head down and body extended forward, allowing defenders to throw him aside.
- Can allow upfield penetration when handling solo assignments against disruptive interior presences.
- Many dominating efforts came on double-teams or down blocks that allowed for easy initial positioning on the defender due to scheme.
- Seems to lack elite athleticism in testing.
- Ran the fourth-slowest 40-yard dash of all offensive linemen at the 2014 Scouting Combine, per NFL.com.
- Tied for third-fewest on bench-press reps in Indianapolis.
- Violent hands in small spaces could use refining in placement.
- In pass protection, can gain hold of defenders then fail to keep moving his feet.
- Tied for fifth-slowest short shuttle time of offensive linemen in attendance at the combine.
Personal Notes (via Stanford Athletic Department)
- Graduated from Centennial (Ga.).
- Played for head coach Jeff Measor.
- Nation’s 44th-best offensive tackle by Scout, 47th by Rivals.
- Earned four varsity letters.
- Three-time all-region.
- Honorable mention all-state as a senior.
- Roswell’s Excalibur Award recipient, honoring excellence in athletics and leadership.
- Born in Sydney, Australia.
- Full name is David Famiyekyi Yankey.
- Son of David and Darina Yankey.
- Two brothers, Alexander and Jerome.
- Majoring in science, technology and society (innovation, technology and organizations).
Yankey displays traits as an athletic left guard that translate dynamically into the NFL game. He’s a large guard with fantastic feet, a good motor and an apparent mean streak.
Evaluators will find solace in the understanding that he is just now coming into his own as an offensive lineman. According to Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com, Yankey weighed only 240 pounds as a high school junior in native Australia. He has had to re-adapt seemingly every season to his growing body while continuing to learn the game, and he has done so at an elite level in one of the Pac-12’s most storied run offenses.
Yankey has the size to kick out to tackle in a pinch but will be targeted by NFL scouts and executives as a virtual plug-and-play offensive guard candidate from Day 1 in camp. While his current billing among most draft media as 2014’s top guard prospect is up for debate, he will not be on the board long once the draft kicks off in May.
Draft Projection: 1st-2nd Round