Stanford All-American guard David Yankey announced Monday that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.
The decision was expected: A potential first-round pick, Yankey is a senior academically and on track to graduate this spring.
His was eligible for another season -- a medical redshirt -- because of an injury that wiped out most of his freshman year.
"I reached my decision following conversations with family and coaches, and am greatly looking forward to the next chapter in life," Yankey said in a statement released by Stanford.
"The decision was 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."
Yankey was one of five Cardinal players who requested feedback from the NFL Draft advisory board.
Defensive end Henry Anderson and inside linebacker A.J. Tarpley have announced they are returning to school.
Right tackle Cameron Fleming and safety Ed Reynolds have not made their plans public.
The deadline for them to declare for the draft is Wednesday.