2017 NFL DRAFT

David Yankey, OG

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Roswell, GA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 315 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
14584-5

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.483.13-22 28 1/2-4.867.81
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.463.081.8622 28 1/28'7"4.867.81

Player Overview

A late bloomer on the offensive line, Yankey, who was born in Australia, weighed just 240-pounds as a junior in high school and has worked hard to put on weight the last few years.

He became the first true freshman offensive lineman to see action for Stanford since 2000, but was lost for the season due to injury. Yankey returned and started all but one game the past three seasons (40 starts), seeing time at both left guard and left tackle, earning numerous awards and accolades including becoming the eighth unanimous All-American in school history.

Yankey replaced Jonathan Martin at left tackle in 2012 - allowing just one sack - before kicking back inside as a junior, and projects best as a guard in the NFL, where scouts feel his lateral agility, balance and toughness are best suited. He was a unanimous All-American and named First Team All-Pac-12 by the league's coaches in 2013.

As a unit, the Stanford offensive line committed just three holding penalties during the 2013 season and Yankey helped pave the way for running back Tyler Gaffney to rush for 1,709 yards.

Yankey was particularly impressive during Stanford's victory over Oregon, putting his own athleticism on display in the run game against the Ducks' fast and talented defense.

"The decision was not easy," Yankey said in announcing he would enter the 2014 NFL Draft. "I have loved my time at Stanford and am a proud member of Nerd Nation. I am humbled at the prospect of joining a long list of Stanford alumni currently playing in the NFL."

He has terrific feet, mobility and overall movement skills with the natural power and understanding to make it look easy - sometimes makes it look too easy and needs to compete with more controlled urgency and grit on every snap.

Yankey still has some technical issues to iron out, but has the physical traits to develop into a plus starting blocker in the NFL.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Natural athlete on the move with very good body control and lower body explosion. Outstanding shuffle footwork and lateral movement skills. Active puller with good coordination to square up his target in motion.

Sets up quickly and gets into position with good base width. Not easily redirected with good core strength and strong hands. Very good initial surge as a lead blocker through the hole. Highly intelligent with above average instincts and awareness.

Hard worker in the weight room - has added 75 pounds to his frame since his junior year in high school. Strong resume as a two-year All-American and three-year starter with 40 career starts (26 left guard, 14 left tackle).

WEAKNESSES: Will allow his pads to rise too much after first contact and needs to improve his knee bend. Bad habit of lowering his head at contact and needs to keep his eyes elevated through contact.

Needs to better control his momentum on the move to break down and gain proper positioning. Room to improve his hand placement, struggling to properly latch-and-drive. Will stop his feet at contact and needs to better sustain.

Needs to add more thunder to his initial punch. Would like to see more finishing toughness and consistent urgency through the whistle.

COMPARES TO: Ben Grubbs, OG, New Orleans Saints - Yankey and Grubbs are comparable due to their natural abilities to open up holes in the run game and make it look easy with athleticism and strength.

--Dane Brugler (2/3/14)

 
 
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