Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein
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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
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.