OG DAVID YANKEY, STANFORD*

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6’5” – 313 lbs. – 5.30e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 2 GP / 0 GS (Redshirt)
2011: 13 GP / 13 GS (LG)
2012: 14 GP / 14 GS (LT)

OVERVIEW:

Appeared in two games as a true freshman before being lost for the season; redshirted. In 2011, started thirteen games at left guard, then shifted to left tackle to replace Jonathan Martin in 2012, being named to the All-Pac-12 First Team after starting all fourteen games and allowing just one sack. Was named a team captain and All-Pac-12 First Team member in 2013 after transitioning back to left guard.

POSITIVES:

•    Would be entering the draft with three years of starting experience for a major program.
•    Has extensive starting experience at both left tackle (2012) and left guard (2011, 2013.)
•    Has prototypical size for the left guard position, as well as adequate size for left tackle.
•    Explodes into his blocks on rushing attempts, with an aggressive, physical demeanor.
•    Mirrors well in pass protection, maintains blocks vs. active defenders with active hands.
•    Sound awareness as both a run blocker and pass protector, doesn’t blow assignments.
•    Initial punch/contact is often sufficient to knock defenders off-balance, to the ground.
•    Tough player who does a nice job of finishing his blocks when given the opportunity.
•    Has been asked to pull in the run game, capable of consistently making it to his spot.
•    Anchors well; thick lower body, isn’t often driven back by defenders in pass protection.
•    Intelligent, respected leader who was named one of Stanford’s team captains in 2013.

NEGATIVES:

•    Season-ending injury in 2010 may be something to investigate medically at Combine.
•    Has some short-area quickness but isn’t an ideal fit for a zone-blocking scheme.
•    Needs to do a better job of keeping his head up while executing run assignments.
•    Ends up on the ground too much in the run game, partially because of waist-bending.
•    Could some slightly better arm extension to keep opposing blockers at greater length.
•    Probably not a left tackle at the next level despite having played there back in 2012.

SUMMARY:

Yankey’s fit at the next level may be limited to playing guard for a team with an inline blocking scheme, but there is a lot to like about his game. He is a big, nasty, and intelligent player with plenty of quality starting experience and who is productive both in pass protection and in the run game. Many of Yankey’s blocks are hard enough to hear on television, with his initial contact often sufficient to drive a defender into the ground. A long-term starter.

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