TSV Scouting Department

David Yankey

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein

Breakdown:

#54
Class: Junior
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 315 lbs.
School: Stanford
Bio:
  • First-team All-American (2013)
  • First-team All-Pac 12 (2013)
  • Second-team All-American (2012)
  • Morris Trophy winner - Pac-12 Outstanding Offensive Lineman by vote of the conference's defensive linemen (2012)
  • First-team Freshman All-American (2011)

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • 40 yard dash - 5.48 seconds
  • Bench Press - 22 reps
  • Vertical Jump - 28.5"
  • Broad Jump - 8'7"
  • 3 Cone Drill - 7.81 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.86 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 34"
  • Hand size - 9 1/2"

Pros

  • Shows better play strength than weight room numbers might indicate
  • Has ideal arm length and shoots his punch fairly quickly
  • Doesn't always look good, but tends to complete tasks
  • In short pull situations, displays good awareness and ability to adjust
  • Can put a jolt into defender with a moving start

Cons

  • Will play stiff-legged at times and has average athletic traits
  • Not asked to get out into space on a very consistent basis
  • Lateral movement is nothing special
  • Doesn't maintain wide base and will fall off of some run blocks
  • Gets hung up too often on secure block when headed to 2nd level

 

Film Room

TSV videos provided by Draft Breakdown

1:00 Gets a pancake with short pull and massacre
2:08 Nice job of finishing his down block
2:18 Good awareness against the T/E twist
8:12 Falls off asignment due to narrow base
10:02 Takes awhile to get out of his stance and into the pull
 

Report

David Yankey was a First Team All-American this year and was a two time First Team All-Pac 10 award winner as well.  Despite the fact that he is 6'6" and has played some tackle, he is a guard only in the NFL due to his lack of foot quickness.
 
While there seems to be a buzz surrounding David Yankey as the best guard prospect in this draft, I don't see it.  While I do think he is steady and tends to get guys blocked, I think his lack of athleticism is going to show up when faced with NFL-caliber DTs. 
 
Yankey doesn't play with as much leverage as you would like in the running game so his power isn't generated off the snap, but rather after he is on the move.  Some of his highlight reel pops won't mean much when facing someone across from him off the snap.  Yankey is an above average pass protector who is best suited to for a power running scheme.  He appears to be well-schooled and very aware on the field and is a solid prospect, but hardly a first round talent.