NFL Draft: Vikings Select Stanford OL David Yankey

Posted May 10, 2014


Born in Sydney, Australia. Prepped in Georgia. Appeared in two games as a true freshman in 2010, but suffered a season-ending injury. Started all 13 games at left guard in 2011. Won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12's most outstanding offensive lineman in 2012, when he started all 14 games at left tackle. Saw action at six positions: both tackles, both guards and two tight-end spots vs. Oregon State in 2012. Started 13 games at left guard in 2013. Missed the Washington game after his father, David, died of cardiac arrest. Team captain.


Very good size. Has sheer mass to lean, wall off or cover up defenders. Solid base in pass protection -- gets his hands on rushers, anchors and slides to fan pressure. Effective short puller. Durable three-year starter. Has played guard and tackle. Smart and dependable.


Average hip snap. Does not roll off the ball and overpower defenders. Stiff, lumbering movement. Needs to improve contact balance, particularly on the move. Tends to get out over his skis and slip off blocks. Could struggle to corral quicker interior defenders -- lacks ideal athleticism, lateral suddenness and recovery ability.


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Big, physical, smart, serviceable offensive guard who will not score many style points, but generally gets the job done. Has starter-caliber ability and fits best in a power scheme that takes advantage of his size and pulling ability.