David Yankey is considered by some to be the top guard in the 2014 draft. Much of that, it seems, has to do with the fact that he had a very successful run at left tackle during his tenure at Stanford.
As a true freshman Yankey saw time at guard – the first to hold that distinction at Stanford since 2000. His promising start was lost when he went down with an injury that year. In his sophomore year 0f 2012 he played very well replacing Jonathan Martin at LT.
He allowed only one sack all year, but that didn’t keep him from moving back to guard this last year. Yankey was considered good size at LT at 6’6″and 315 pounds, but his speed and quickness make him a prototypical guard prospect. From CBS Sports:
He has terrific feet, mobility and overall movement skills with the natural power and understanding to make it look easy – sometimes makes it look too easy and needs to compete with more controlled urgency and grit on every snap. Yankey still has some technical issues to iron out, but has the physical traits to develop into a plus starting blocker in the NFL.
His 40 time wasn’t spectacular at 5.48 seconds, but he’s thought to have quickness off the line and keeps up with great footwork. This may mean he’s well suited for offenses that require guards to pull on running plays.
Why he fits in with the Chiefs: Yankey looks like he would be a great upgrade on the interior line. He reminds me a bit of Brain Waters, being strong and quick, not flashy but a solid base of technical skills.
Since he is likely going to be the first guard taken in the draft, he probably won’t be around when the Chiefs pick. If he is, the team should seriously consider pulling the trigger, It wouldn’t be a sexy pick, but open up a lot of big holes for Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis (maybe Alex Smith, too).
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