Dec 29, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal left guard David Yankey (54) at the 2013 Rose Bowl media day at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Profile: David Yankey, G Stanford

Stanford guard David Yankey is my top available guard in this year’s draft.  His combination of footwork and power make him a unique talent at the position and should make him a first round selection in this year’s draft.

Nov 23, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal linebacker Shayne Skov (11) and guard David Yankey (54) wave to the Stanford fans from the field after the game against the California Golden Bears at Stanford Stadium. Stanford won 63-13. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Teams shouldn’t worry about their blocking scheme when it comes to Yankey.  His ability to pull on blocks and move horizontally along the line of scrimmage will help him find suitors.  You won’t find a much harder worker in this year’s draft, either.  He is known for being able to be constantly found in the weight room and the gym.

Yankey is a three year starter and two time All-American.  His resume and tape should speak for itself.  Any GM that questions his ability to transition from the NFL from college football should watch his tape again.

Strengths

  • Lateral footwork
  • Strength
  • Versatile
  • Work Ethic

Weaknesses

  •  Inconsistent when getting low.  Needs to work on bending knees throughout the play.
  • Has a tendency to look down on occasion.  Needs to keep head up.

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota currently has a hole at left guard where former starter Charlie Johnson used to play.  Yankey could easily fill that hole.

My Take

I love Yankey.  When put between Matt Kalil and John Sullivan, he could thrive and become a solid offensive lineman for a long time.  I don’t like him at #8 overall, but if he finds himself slipping to #40, Yankey should find himself wearing a Vikings uniform this year.

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