David Yankey

Not to be confused with David Yancey.
David Yankey

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Yankey with Stanford in 2013
No. 61Carolina Panthers
Position: Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-01-18) 18 January 1992
Place of birth: Sydney, Australia
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school: Roswell (GA) Centennial
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 5 / Pick: 145
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Games played: 1
Games started: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

David Famiyekyi Yankey (born 18 January 1992) is an American football offensive guard for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Stanford, where he was a two-time consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round, 145th overall of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Early years

Yankey attended Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia, where he earned four varsity letters playing as an offensive lineman for head coach Jeff Measor. He was a three-time All-region selection. As a senior, he earned honorable mention All-state honors. He also earned Centennial's Excalibur Award, an award that honors excellence in athletics, character, and leadership.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Yankey was ranked as the No. 47 offensive tackle in his class, while Scout.com rated him as the 44th best offensive tackle in the nation.[1]

College career

Yankey attended Stanford University, where he played for coach Jim Harbaugh and coach David Shaw's Stanford Cardinal football teams from 2010 to 2013. He was a consensus All-American in 2012 and 2013. He announced on 13 January 2014, that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[2]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 6 in 315 lb34 in9 12 in 5.48 s 1.86 s 3.13 s 4.69 s 7.81 s 30 in 8 ft 7 in 25 reps
All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day[3]

Minnesota Vikings

Yankey was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round (145 pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Vikings got the pick used to take Yankey from the Browns when they traded down in the first round to the No. 9 pick while giving the Browns the No. 8 pick.[4]

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers signed Yankey to a futures contract on January 12, 2016.[5] On September 3, 2016, he was waived by the Panthers as part of final roster cuts.[6] The next day he was signed to the Panthers' practice squad.[7] He was promoted to the active roster on November 25, 2016.[8]

Personal life

Yankey was born in Sydney, Australia to David and Darina Yankey. He retained his Australian citizenship after his family moved to Roswell, Georgia when he was eight.[9] Yankey spent his off-season working out at East Roswell Park and playing canasta with his friends on Fouts Road. Yankey loves liking his best friend's ex-girlfriends pictures on Instagram, and is wearing cleats to support degenerative disc in honor of his friend Erik.


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