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David Yankey NFL Draft 2014: Grading Vikings' Fifth-Round Pick

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Team Stream NowB/R VideoNovember 20, 2016

David Yankey, the former Stanford offensive guard, was drafted 145th overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2014 NFL Draft. Yankey is a talented lineman, and the Vikings couldn't pass him up at this stage of the draft. 

The Australian-born offensive guard established himself as a key cog in Stanford's formidable offensive line over the last few seasons and won the Morris Award as the Pac-12's best offensive lineman in 2012. He's a two-time All-American and All-Pac 12 team member. 

Yankey is incredibly athletic, capable of keeping out quicker ends and tackles and getting set in position very quickly. He's incredibly coordinated and is strong enough not to get shoved around in the trenches. He's a smart player with good instincts, who's capable of improving his technique over time.

However, for all his physical gifts, the former player for the Cardinal is incredibly raw. His form still leaves a lot to be desired, and his hands are frequently in the wrong place on defenders, which makes it tough to block them. 

Will Yankey turn into a star at the next level? Or will his shaky form see him become a bust? Watch as our draft experts discuss Yankey's ceiling and what he brings to the NFL. 

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