2018: Leg Injury (Left Oklahoma early), 2016: Torn ACL (Season Ending - Week 1)
2018: Kansas State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, 2017: Virginia Tech
Cajuste's has an aggressive style of play and isn't afraid to deliver, he initiates contact instead of absorbing it. The West Virginia left tackle likes to engage with defensive lineman instantly off of the snap and doesn't allow his opponent a chance to win the leverage or distance battle. His size and length pair with his low base and ability to bend at the knee, make it hard for defenders to disrupt his center of gravity. Once engaged, Cajuste’s strong grip and hand fighting skills take over and rarely does he give D-lineman a second chance to make a play. Yodny’s pass blocking starts with his quick set and active feet; he hardly ever takes a false step and is very smooth when shifting his weight in order to redirect. In the run game, #55 is a devastating down blocker who does a great job at sealing up run lanes and has often shown he’s agile enough to block multiple defenders in a single play.
Yodny has shown the occasional whiff and has his inconsistencies. Due to his aggressive approach and constant effort to initiate contact, he has a habit of putting his head down and missing his target. It’s a rarity but when Cajuste was beaten, it was almost always with faints and speed rush moves. Over-anticipation being the main factor; the left tackle would sometimes jump the corner to then lose to an inside move or vice versa.
There’s just too many good traits to list but like all prospects, he still has plenty of room to grow once in the NFL. Yodny Cajuste is a great blend of prototypical size, aggression, athleticism and clean mechanics but consistency is key. If he can correct the occasional lapse of judgement, mental error, or false movement, Yodny has Pro Bowl potential written all over him. He's a day one starter with correctable flaws and a large ceiling. It's hard to imagine Yodny not going somewhere inside the first round and being the second or third tackle off the board.
A short burst athlete who's very light on his feet. The tackle's combination of length and agility are not common, especially in this draft class. For 6'5" he sits very low in his stance and drops his hips well. Cajuste has rare flexibility for his size. He has happy feet that never stop moving and allow him to quickly redirect with small choppy steps. Yodny possesses great burst off the snap when coming out of his stance and packs power behind his long arms. Overall a very well rounded lineman who does not have any particular weakness or strength to his game.
Movement off L.O.S.
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
Big Play Ability
What little run blocking film Cajuste has at West Virginia showed an aggressive mauler who's strongest at the point of attack and wins with size and length. Looks to punish when down blocking. Must win off of the snap to gain momentum. Could improve his ability to drive his opponents backwards instead of locking them in place. Yodny's speed out of his stance helps him get across his opponents face and seal the line but tends to over extend at times due to his aggressive style of play. Pulls across the line and turns upfield looking to deliver a blow. Great effort in the second level. Cajuste's quick feet help him adjust his blocking trajectory and he uses his massive reach to at least get a hand on his target. Accurate heavy hitter who derails opponents with his first punch. Once Yodny has engaged there's no breaking out of his grip.
Shows pop out of his stance and uses his natural size to dominate defenders, shielding them from a path to the ball. Quick feet and outstanding movement ability help him get into his set quickly. He's so big that his size and length alone easily detour edge rushers around the pocket and out of the play. Yodny uses a big first kick step to quickly cut off and square up his opponent. When redirecting the tackle is able to shift his body weight effortlessly. His ability to drop his hips along with the reach helps absorb opponents power and dictate the distance battle in order to anchor and stonewall opponents. Cajuste's dominates oncommers from all angles. His wingspan covers a lot of ground and he's consistently surveying the left side of the line even when engaged. Outstanding punching power, insane reach, and tremendous grip strength but he can be inaccurate and wild at times with his technique.
Ability to Combat Inside Move
For an OT, he's sprappy, tough as nails, and mean as can be! Yodny plays as if he's in a dog fight every single snap, fighting through the whistle, and looking to manhandle the other team. His style of play can certainly wear on DE's come the 4th quarter. Shown no signs of slowing down and should be considered a high motor player. His technique goes right out the window at times when becoming overly aggressive. Great production at left tackle for West Virginia protecting Will Grier. Grier had a clean pocket to throw from throughout his final season and Yodny Cajuste was a large part of that.
Solid feel for where his guard, quarterback and running back are when blocking. Senses the rush and adjusts without having to process info. His overly aggressive nature should be considered a weakness in his game. He tends to let his emotions get the best of him and looses both focus and technique. A gifted athlete who's been taught proper technique and absorbs knowledge. Adjusted from film room to field from year to year. Excellent combo blocker who has great spacial awareness and often assists his guard with a simple punch before peeling off to the next rusher.