David Yankey OG Stanford #54
Size/Athleticism: Impressive size for an interior lineman. Has long arms. Overall height and length may cause some teams to give him a look at right tackle. Moves fairly well for his size.
Pass Protection: Not really a finisher, and seems to be hanging on for dear life sometimes, especially against bigger defensive tackles. Stays low and uses leverage to to handle the initial pop from stronger interior linemen. Very sturdy base and shows good balance to recover from mistakes or when he’s jolted by an initial punch from a bull-rusher. Rarely finishes off his blocks and often loses control as the play extends. A tough fighter, and often gets the job done even if it doesn’t always look easy.
Run Blocking: Asked to do a lot of pulling in Stanford’s run game and usually looked very smooth and balanced on the move. Diagnoses his assignment quickly and takes efficient angles when working to the second level. Not a finisher. He isn’t the type of road grader that can plow holes when moving straight ahead, but on the move he’s definitely an asset.
Intangibles: Very intelligent player with plenty of experience. Played left tackle in 2012.
Durability: Suffered a season-ending injury in 2010 but remained durable since.
Comments: Yankey will receive a variety of grades from teams depending on their offensive scheme. He isn’t an overpowering blocker but he moves well and should be a nice fit in a zone-blocking scheme. With his lack of power he’ll never dominate, but he can be a quality starter if he’s inserted in the right system which highlights his strengths.