Vikings select guard Yankey with 145th pick, deal 148 to Carolina
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The Minnesota Vikings filled a major need along the offensive line with their first pick on Saturday.
The Vikings took Stanford guard David Yankey at No. 145 and shortly after dealt their 148th pick to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for the Panthers' fifth-round pick at 168th and a seventh-round pick at 225th.
Yankey is a two-time All-American guard that also played tackle for the Cardinal.
"I think it's huge (having played there)," Yankey said. "There's a big focus on technique and having a technical emphasis. Running an offense that is really a pro style gets you really well prepared for the NFL."
The Vikings needed another versatile lineman at the guard/tackle positions and they got one with the hulking, 6-foot-6-inch Yankey. He'll join guard Vlad Ducasse, guard Jeff Baca and guard/center Joe Berger as reserves behind starters Charlie Johnson and Brandon Fusco to open summer workouts.
Yankey began playing as a true freshman in 2010 before suffering a season-ending injury. Started 13 games at left guard in 2011, 14 games at left tackle in 2012 before switching back to left guard last season.