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.
For game film on David Yankey, visit his player profile on draftbreakdown.com