Doug Farrar of SI.com did a write-up on the Vikings offseason that is definitely worth a few minutes of your time. When you’re done calling him terrible names for giving the Vikings only a B grade, check out what he has to say about fifth-round draft pick David Yankey.
Farrar calls Yankey the Vikings’ most underrated draft pick and goes on to explain why he thinks the Stanford guard could end up being a huge steal for Minnesota.
Going into the 2014 draft, it was thought by many that Yankey was on the same basic level as UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo; we had Yankey 31st overall in our SI 64 pre-draft rankings. But he fell all the way to the fifth round, while the freakishly talented Su’a-Filo went 33rd overall to the Texans. That nine other guards were drafted between Su’a-Filo and Yankey was perhaps the draft’s biggest surprise, and it could be a long-term epic win for the Vikings. … He’s got the potential to be a starter in his first NFL season.
“Long-term epic win” are words we like to hear. Yankey’s competition in camp will be journeyman Charlie Johnson and flier free agent Vlad Ducasse, so theoretically he shouldn’t have too tough a time winning the job.
If Yankey doesn’t lock the job down in camp, look for him to get his chance at some point during the season, possibly in a platoon situation with Johnson. There’s little doubt that the Vikings drafted Yankey to take the starting job and there’s no reason to think he won’t ultimately get that done.