2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Stanford OL David Yankey

By Patrick Karraker
Stanford Cardinal David Yankey
Kirby Lee- USA TODAY Sports
Position: OT/OG School: Stanford
Height: 6′ 5″ Weight: 313
Class: Senior 40 time: N/A

Since many NFL teams only have the roster space to dress seven offensive linemen on Sundays, versatility is greatly appreciated in the two backups as they must split the second-string duties among five different spots. If nothing else, Stanford‘s David Yankey will be a very well-prepared swing backup at the professional level.

Yankey, however, has the potential to be a starter at some point if he continues to improve his technique and settles into a position.

Yankey has continually flipped between guard and tackle while at Stanford. He became a starter as a sophomore, being inserted into the lineup at left guard. He performed well and as a result, they decided to kick him out to left tackle last season. However, he still moved back to guard on some plays to give highly-touted tackle Andrus Peat some exposure.

For 2013, Yankey has been shifted back to guard full-time so that Peat can start at left tackle.

In terms of Yankey’s pro outlook, it would seem that he would be most likely to succeed as a guard in a pass-heavy offense. He’s by no means a road grader, and he shines the most as a pass blocker. His only issue is that edge rushers tend to give him trouble, so putting a tackle outside of him all the time would help solve that problem.

Yankey’s draft value really is contingent on how he performs as a guard this season. Some evaluators see him as having first-round talent, but his rather inconsistent performance and inability to settle on a position will likely drop his stock. Yankey seems destined for the middle rounds at this point, but if he experiences success this year, he could definitely change that.


  • Very solid pass blocker
  • Provides the ability to play both guard and tackle, though he doesn’t seem to be definitively better at one position
  • In the midst of his third full season as a starter; was the first true freshman at Stanford to see action on the offensive line in 10 years


  • Not overly physical, plays with kind of a finesse style and seems passive at times
  • Footwork leaves something to be desired
  • Struggles with executing pulls as a guard
  • As a tackle, tends to struggle with rushers off the edge
  • Seems to play a step too slow at certain times
  • Reputation took a hit last season when he was beaten by USC safety T.J. McDonald on multiple occasions

2013 Outlook

Yankey is part of a Stanford team that is widely favored to win the Pac-12 Championship. He and his fellow offensive linesmen’s blocking will be key in allowing the inexperienced Stanford offense to put up points and compete with other big Pac-12 forces. Yankey’s toughest matchup will come in Stanford’s season finale against Notre Dame, when he will have to face Louis Nix, the most highly-touted nose tackle in next year’s draft.

2014 Draft Projection: 5th round

Film Watched: vs. San Jose State (2013), vs. Wisconsin (2013), vs. USC (2012), vs. Oregon (2012)

Patrick Karraker is an NFL Draft Scout for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickKarraker, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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