At this point in the 4th round, quarterback and defensive tackle have been addressed. That leaves offensive guard and wide receiver as the two prominent needs. I am assuming that Martavis Bryant, Jordan Matthews and Jarvis Landry have all been selected leaving Devin Street as the best wide receiver available. That is not a great value so I looked to offensive guard where I found one big name who's stock has plummeted. So assuming that player is available, with the 107th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select:
Fourth round (pick 107): David Yankey, OG, Stanford
6'6", 316 lbs
40-yard dash: 5.48
2013: First-Team All-American, First-Team All-Pac-12, Lombardi Award Semifinalist, Outland Trophy Semifinalist
2012: All-America First-Team by the American Football Coaches Association, First-Team All-Pac-12, Outstanding Offensive Lineman in the Pac-12
2011: Honorable mention Pac-12 honors, Freshman All-American by Yahoo! Sports
Just two months ago, it was widely viewed that David Yankey would be picked in the first or second round of the NFL Draft. But there has been buzz around the league that he could fall to the fourth round. Why is Yankey falling? I have not found an answer to that question and he is still the number two offensive guard in my offensive position rankings. While he would be a reach in the first round, I still think he is a second round talent.
David Yankey was the leader of a Stanford offensive line that was one of the best in the nation (22nd rushing offense, 11th in sacks allowed and 7th in tackles for loss). It is no coincidence that Andrew Luck, Stepfan Taylor and Tyler Gaffney have starred behind Yankey's blocking.
He has excellent size for a guard but still has the explosion necessary to be an effective puller. Yankey uses his long arms to create extension between him and defensive lineman. He does a good job of getting his hands on defenders when blocking. Yankey is a durable three-year starter that is smart and reliable. He is a ferocious run blocker.
Like every prospect, Yankey has his negatives.
Because of his large frame, he is naturally slow and only ran a 5.48 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He does not have great athleticism and lacks recovery ability. Yankey has a bad tendency to raise his pads to high giving up leverage to defenders. His hand punches could be more powerful.
Why this pick makes sense:
At this point in the draft, the two biggest needs are wide receiver and offensive guard. With no great receivers left on the board, offensive guard becomes the priority. With David Yankey still available, he is a steal. He would be a day one starter with the Raiders making the offensive line look like this:
LT G C G RT
Donald Penn David Yankey Stefen Wisniewski Austin Howard Menelik Watson
Tony Sparano could create some impressive results with that offensive line. What Yankey lacks in athleticism, he makes up with experience, intelligence and leadership. He does not have the ceiling to become a star, but he is a sure bet to be a reliable starter for the next decade. If Yankey falls to the fourth round, the Raiders would pick up a second round talent on day three.
For game film on David Yankey, visit his player profile on draftbreakdown.com