STANFORD, Calif. - David Yankey was selected 145th overall Saturday during the 2014 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Yankey was the fifth pick of the fifth round.
Yankey is the third Cardinal and second offensive lineman selected in this year's draft, joining Trent Murphy (Washington) and Cameron Fleming (New England).
Yankey played 13 games at offensive guard as part of one of the nation’s top offensive lines. Tabbed as the nation's top interior lineman, Yankey was a consensus All-American and the first two-time first team All-American at Stanford since Bob Whitfield (1990-91).
He garnered first team All-America honors from Walter Camp, AFCA, FWAA, Sporting News, Associated Press, USA Today, SI.com, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, Phil Steele and Athlon Sports. Yankey was also named All-Pac-12 first team and Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention. Athlon Sports, ESPN.com, Sporting News and Phil Steele also named him to the All-Pac-12 squad.
A team captain and Stanford’s Al Masters Award winner, Yankey was a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. He was also named to the Maxwell Award watch list. ESPN.com ranked him as ninth-best Pac-12 player in the preseason.
As a junior, Yankey was also a consensus All-American as he started all 14 games at left tackle. He played four of five offensive line positions during the season in addition to tight end and wing. He was named to the All-Pac-12 first team, Sporting News and AFCA All-America first team, Associated Press, CBSSports.com and Phil Steele All-America second team.
The recipient of the team's Outstanding Junior Award and the Morris Trophy for the Pac-12's Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Yankey was the top pulling offensive lineman in the nation. He helped protect two first-year starting quarterbacks for a conference-low 17 sacks in the regular season and paved the way for Stepfan Taylor's 1,530 rushing yards, the second-highest total in school history. An All-Pac-12 honorable mention as a sophomore in 2011, Yankey started 13 games at left guard.
He was tabbed as a freshman All-American by Yahoo! Sports as he helped the rushing attack average 210.62 yards/game, good for second-best in the Pac-12. The offensive line allowed the seventh (tie) fewest sacks/game in the nation (0.85/game, 11 total) and helped Andrew Luck set single-season (37) and career (82) records for touchdown passes.
Yankey played as a true freshman against Sacramento State and UCLA in 2010 before suffering a season-ending injury. He was the first freshman offensive lineman to play at Stanford since Kwame Harris and Kirk Chambers (2000).