A lot of people were worrying about the Vikings not addressing their left guard need in the first four rounds of the draft. Forgetting that Rick Spielman tends to wait until the late rounds to pick interior linemen.
Just Rick’s philosophy. Pick ‘em low, let ‘em grow.
Well now we’re in the fifth round and guess what? The guard need has been addressed.
With the #145 overall pick, the Vikings take Stanford OG David Yankey.
A 6-5, 313 pound native of Sydney, Australia, Yankey brings good athleticism and solid technique, but needs to work on his power and follow through.
He is seen as a hard working guy who will bust it in the weight room and in meetings.
This draft pick is so Spielman. Take a smart, hard-working, blue-collar type lineman late in the draft and develop him.
The Vikings have Charlie Johnson to hold down the fort at left guard until they think Yankey is ready. Johnson has value as a swing man once Yankey is able to start.
The Vikings will have an all Pac 12 left side of the line once Yankey gets in there.