David Yankey has today confirmed he will forgo his final year of eligibility in order to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
Speaking to GoStandford.com, Yankey explained his decision:
" I reached my decision following conversations with family and coaches, and am greatly looking forward to the next chapter in my life.
" The decision is not easy. I have loved my time at Stanford and am a proud member of Nerd Nation. I am humbled at the prospect of joining a long list of Stanford alumni currently playing in the NFL."
The left guard has been an exceptional member of a high performing Stanford offensive line for the last three years, earning consensus All-American status in the past two.
Yankey was also the Cardinals' offensive captain last season.
Yankey had the option of another year with Stanford as a medical redshirt because he suffered a season-ending injury early in his freshman year, but the 6' 5" senior has chosen to declare for the Draft instead.
He is widely expected to be among the first interior offensive linemen taken in the draft and the player out of Roswell, Georgia, is projected to go in the late first round or early second round.
The deadline for players to declare is Wednesday Jan. 15.