Yodny Cajuste

West Virginia
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Prospect Info

College
West Virginia
Hometown
Class
Miami, FL
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
312 lbs
34”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.59
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New England
Patriots
Round 3 ‧ Pick 38
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The Miami Herald ranked Cajuste the 16th-best recruit in Dade-Broward Counties out of Mirimar High School, but he ended up flying north to Morgantown for college. He redshirted his first year, and then started the first six games of the 2015 season at left tackle before missing the rest of the regular season with a knee injury (returned as a reserve for the Cactus Bowl). Another knee injury ended his 2016 after just one start at left tackle. Cajuste stayed healthy throughout his junior year, garnering second-team All-Big 12 honors after starting all 13 games on the blind side. He shared the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year award with two other draft prospects (Kansas State's Dalton Risner, Oklahoma's Dru Samia) in 2018, starting 11 games at left tackle for the Mountaineers. He did not play in WVU's bowl game so he could focus on the draft.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Jermon Bushrod
Overview
Well-built with physical ability to stay in front of NFL pass rushers if he continues to refine his pass sets and improve his hand usage. Cajuste has the traits and talent but doesn't play as "bendy" in his lower body as expected, which causes inconsistencies with balance in both the run and pass game. He might end up being more of a positional and stalemate blocker than drive blocker in the run game so he will need to shine in pass pro, which will take work. He has starting tackle talent with the body type for consideration inside.
Strengths
  • Well-built with long, muscular arms on an athletic frame
  • Comes off ball with quickness and purpose
  • Decent hip snap to torque and dislodge opponents
  • Runs feet through contact to keep block moving
  • Plays beyond a made block and finds additional work
  • Adequate lightness in feet for left tackle spot
  • Ability to open hips and alter slide depth on the fly
  • Keeps head back with adequate pass-set posture
  • Can punch and widen out at the top of the rush arc
  • Quick to find incoming rushers once he diagnoses twist
  • Processes moving pieces with good success
Weaknesses
  • Needs to play with better bend at point of attack
  • Tries to create leverage by ducking head
  • Knocked off-balance by lower opponent
  • Faulty landmarks cause him to miss cut-off blocks
  • Inconsistent to sustain and finish blocks
  • Wide hands will draw referee attention on next level
  • Has some gallop in slide steps and base will slide out from under him
  • Over-sets on slide protection creating leaky edge
  • Hand fighters can strip his punch and leave him falling forward
  • Needs more consistency at protecting inside edge

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league