Devon Cajuste- WR Stanford

6-3 1/2, 234, (O) 4.62, (PD) 4.55

6.49 3-C! 33" Arms, 14 Reps,

36" Vert, 10'3" Broad! 4.2 SS,

10' 3/4" hands, 11.5 60-Yard,

Big, and I Mean BIG, Slot WR.

By TOM

Okay, this might be hyperbole, but he could be a poor man's cross between Edelman in the Slot and Gronk down the seam. He ran an incredible 6.49 3-Cone. He is the biggest guy I have ever heard about running that under a 6.5 in the 3-Cone Drill. This guy is an athletic freak. There are also not a lot of guys listed at over 230 who have broad jumped over 10-feet. He also got a 4.5 next to his name at his Proday. Those are some incredible numbers for a 6-4 guy. In fact, they are so incredible that I just had to go back and check the numbers again. Yup, he got a 6.49 in the 3-Cone Drill. That is just incredible.

He really is a great outside blocker for a wide receiver. He will hustle all over the field to get his hands on a DB's shirt. Then he is so much bigger and stronger than they are that they can't get in on the play. "When you come to Stanford [to scout], you know you're going to get a tough, smart kid who's been well-coached for four years," Mayock said. "And they're not always 5-star players, but they come here and they get coached up and you know what you get when you draft a Stanford kid. And I think there's some power to that." He has huge hands, and is a very underrated hands catcher. But he also uses his big strong hands well blocking. He grabs shirt nicely and doesn't let go.

As a Fifth-Year Senior (2015): Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason third team. Athlon All-Pac-12 preseason third team. Four catches for 39 yards at Northwestern. Two catches for 15 yards vs. UCF. Two catches for 21 yards, 17-yard touchdown catch at USC. Two catches for 18 yards at Oregon State. Three catches for 49 yards vs. Arizona. Two catches for 16 yards, nine-yard touchdown catch vs. UCLA. Two catches for 37 yards vs. Oregon. Two catches for 18 yards vs. Cal. Five catches, career-high 125 yards and six-yard touchdown reception vs. Notre Dame. One catch for 18 yards in Pac-12 Championship Game. One catch for eight yards in Rose Bowl.

He has that knack for running 20 to 30 yards downfield, but his QB has a weak arm or he could have had much better stats. He is huge for a WR. "I think it's awesome," Cajuste said. "Because I'm not limited to just being a wide receiver, and I'm not limited to just being a tight end. And the fact that they look at me to do both, I think that adds value." I can't help thinking about him as an H-back, but he is a WR.

He is a TE/WR who lines up on the seam like a TE a lot. He is excellent running patterns down the seam. Brady likes to throw right over the middle, and he is very effective as a Slot-WR running those patterns. He as a great move where he fakes a break inside, and then is running past the Slot-CB 20 to 30 yards down field. "He broke our yards-per-catch record," Shaw said about Devon averaging 22.9 yards per catch. "Which hasn't been talked about much. I'm excited we're taking the next step to give guys [like Devon] the chance to influence football games." He made two or three of the best catches I saw last season.

He has great size to wall off the WR with his body. He is as strong a WR as there is in this Draft. "I don't know if you play Cajuste at tight end or as a big receiver or as an H-back," an NFL Exec said. "But he's a damn good player. He's too much for some of these cornerbacks out here. He could have played at the Senior Bowl." He also has top character, and is as smart it gets. One of the reasons I like the Pats taking him is that that have to have smart WRs who can read defenses like Brady. I think Cajuste can do that. 

I think Cajuste can do a lot of things Gronk can do, as far as running down the seam and catching the ball 20 yards downfield. "He's worked extremely hard this year," coach Shaw said. "He's 224 and runs in the low 4.4s. Numbers like that don't make sense." Now he is being packaged as a WR. Which I think might make him more of a slot guy. Which the Pats always need. He lined up outside as well. I still see him as a TE, even though he played WR all season.

As a Senior (2014): 11 games started. 34 receptions for 557 yards (16.4 yards/catch). 50.6 receiving yards/game. Six touchdowns. Three catches for 44 yards vs. USC. Four catches for 52 yards and three touchdowns vs. Army. Four catches for 59 yards at Washington. Five catches for 68 yards at Notre Dame. Two catches for 20 yards vs. Washington State. Two catches for 50 yards vs. Oregon State. Five catches for 116 yards at Oregon. Three catches for 51 yards at Cal. Two catches for 50 yards, including 37-yard touchdown, at UCLA. Four catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns vs. Maryland.

Additional Notes:

USC: I love this kid. He is as good as a receiving threat as anyone in this Draft. He is just a little different, because he is half TE and half WR. So he wins with speed sometimes, and size other times. And when he gets in a rhythm with Hogan he is something to see. He will line up on the outside and can run past the CB on the outside. 

Iowa: Once he gets the CBs outside shoulder he is too big for a Corner to stop. He is such a great deep threat. He tracks the ball so well. He runs a great dig route at the marker, which is so hard to stop after he hits a few deep down the Seam. He surprises DBs with his deep speed.

East West Shrine Game: They had him run a WR screen, and it didn't look very good. He isn't a make you kiss guy, so when it wasn't blocked well he fell down for a few. They ran a lot of WR screens at the E-W game. He blocked the Linebackers well when he was the outside guy. Nice job dragging over the middle in front of the linebackers. He played a lot of Slot WR. Wow! He made the best catch I have ever seen at the Shrine Game. He has amazing strong hands for catching the ball He had a nice catch in the 3rd outside, on a Dig. Broke a tackle and got 15 more yards. He gets up into the Clot corner fast to block, but when he gets too high he can't control him. 

Combine: He is a big WR/TE. He has set his sights on being a WR. He has that knack for getting open 20-yards down field, and making the catch. He caught every ball in the gauntlet. Gets his hands up and catches the deep one going back with his hands.

Devon Cajuste Vs Notre Dame:

He does a good job getting the outside shoulder of the CB. He snaps back to the ball a little slow, which allows the CB to defend the pass. He is a size speed WR, and not a quick twitch WR (:11). Although that was clearly pass interference. He gets his hands up nicely going back to the ball (:21). But I do like how he gets his hands up for the ball with the CB already trying to drag his inside arm down.

I like how he runs to the open space, and sits in the zone (:33). Here he is lined up on the seam. I like him as a pass option only back up to Gronk (read that as you will). However, that is a great seal block of the LB on the second level (:46). Lined up on the Seam again. He has some slipperiness in patterns (:59). I like the inside fake, and then he breaks open over the top, as he has knack of doing and is open 20-yards downfield.

You can see they line him up as much as an H-back as a wide receiver, and BB loves versatility. He just runs down the middle of the field and is wide open 20 to 30 yards downfield (1:15). He gets in good position to block, like an H-back. Gets his hands up, and grabs shirt (1:45). He is a WR now. They line him outside. He is a very good blocker outside as well. He can still block like a TE (1:57). He doesn't really do much here. He just gets into the endzone and walls off the CB (2:09). If he has the speed to play WR in the NFL (he ran a great 4.55 Forty at his Proday), he can be a force with his size. He boxes the CB out, and then just goes up and gets the alley-oop. He is so big he cannot be stopped in the Redzone.

He carries out his blocking assignments more consistently than any other WR in this Draft, because he is still half an H-Back (2:37). He gets the outside shoulder of the CB so easily. Then breaks it off. He has very good hands, and gets down in the dirt and digs that pass out (2:51). First you see the alley-oop pass in the endzone, and then the diving catch in the turf. That is a huge catch radius.

Back on the Seam, like an inside weapon in the Pats offense. He cuts over the middle under the LBs (3:21). Here he is in another Patriots formation. He runs down field and breaks open about 20 to 30-yards downfield (3:33). He hunts the CB down, and finally take him out of the play (3:44). He lines up on the seam, and cuts inside to find himself wide open. That is an easy throw right over the middle to such a big WR, with the CB behind him (4:12). If you put his TE size, speed, and blocking aside, he just has that knack for getting open 20 to 30 yards downfield.

The Pats don't draft him because he has that knack for getting open 20 to 30 yards downfield. They take him because he consistently makes the catch 20 plus yards downfield (4:26). That is a tight end block on the linebacker in the run game (4:58). I don’t know how he does it, and like Gronk I don’t think he does either, but he is the top weapon in this Draft running down the seam. Here he is over 30-yards downfield twisting and reaching out to catch the ball as smooth and natural as any WR in this Draft. He is so underrated athletically (5:24). And he catches it. That was one of the best catches I saw last year. Besides Doctson he has the best natural hands catching the ball down field.

He gets knocked back by the linebacker, but still stays in front of him just long enough (6:12). Here we go again (6:24). He is so good with that little hitch and go. He is so long and tall that when he is even he is wide open. When the CB tries to grab him, the little push off frees him. Then the great catch. He never drops the ball (6:46). That ball is high and outside like Brady threw it, and he makes it look easy. That is another great catch over 30-yards downfield.

After those two great catches, here he is blocking 30-yards down field (7:20). That is a great seal block on the OLB (7:29). Here he is trying to block like an H-back. He gets overwhelmed by the LB (7:37). It is likely why he is a WR and not an H-back, even though I can't help seeing him that way.

Here he is on the Seam again. He curls over the middle wide open 20-yards down field in the middle of the zone (7:55). Back on the Seam. He curls over the middle and Hogan throws it this time. And he catches for another 20-yards (8:01). You have to be real careful with this Tape. I watched this game and clearly have overrated Cajuste by what I saw in this game. He had more production in that one game than almost any two other games combined last season.

But you can see how hard he works on blocking, and his knack for getting open 20 to 30 yards downfield like Gronk had when he was at Arizona. You could also see that he can track the ball as well as anyone in this Draft, and grab the ball 20 to 50 yards downfield with his hands, while his body is in awkward positions. He also showed he could be a weapon in the Slot and the Redzone. As he continues to drop down the boards, I continue to see him more and more as a steal. If the Pats are looking for a big WR that Brady can throw deep to, to help Gronk and Edelman get open underneath, this is the guy. Brady's greatest, and maybe only, flaw has always been inconsistency throwing the deep ball. Having a giant WR with Cajuste's catching radius, and maybe not the fastest guy, can only help Brady on deep passes down field.

Cajuste Vs ND 2015:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoxBqpp58ho

He has a very interesting performance at the East-West game. Here he is lined up in the slot. He reaches up and catches the screen pass with his hands, like he always does. He shows his strength and power lowering his head to get three yards (:01). Here he is lined up outside as the X, which I also think he can do. Watch him use his feet to get great position to block. Then he extends his arms, and grabs shirt with his big hands, and the CB is done (:17). Here he is on the QB's right again, but lined up like an H-Back (:27). He drags over the middle, but doesn't turn his head back to the QB quick enough. He has to turn and look at the QB when going over the middle. 

In the Slot on the QB's right. Watch the quickness as he fakes forward, and spins back to catch the ball (:33). Here he is lined up outside on the right again. He runs nice Dig. Watch the feet as he stops too quickly for the CB to do anything. Then he skips past the puny corner for ten more yards (:41). He burst up field and gets the CB to bail. Then watch the head fake before he digs. He turns and gets his body between the ball and the CB. Even when the ball is thrown right to his gut, he still puts his hands out and catches it away from his body with his hands. Then he breaks the arm tackle (:52). Back in the slot on the left (1:11). He gets into the DB with nice form, and knocks him back. But he lets the CB take his inside shoulder.

Cajuste at East West game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK0za1wcUt4

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Cajuste Official Bio:

As a Fifth-Year Senior (2015):
• Phil Steele All-Pac-12 preseason third team
• Athlon All-Pac-12 preseason third team
• Four catches for 39 yards at Northwestern
• Two catches for 15 yards vs. UCF
• Two catches for 21 yards, 17-yard touchdown catch at USC
• Two catches for 18 yards at Oregon State
• Three catches for 49 yards vs. Arizona
• Two catches for 16 yards, nine-yard touchdown catch vs. UCLA
• Two catches for 37 yards vs. Oregon
• Two catches for 18 yards vs. Cal 
• Five catches, career-high 125 yards and six-yard touchdown reception vs. Notre Dame
• One catch for 18 yards in Pac-12 Championship Game
• One catch for eight yards in Rose Bowl

As a Senior (2014):
• 11 games played
• 11 games started
• 34 receptions for 557 yards (16.4 yards/catch)
• 50.6 receiving yards/game
• Six touchdowns
• Three catches for 44 yards vs. USC
• Four catches for 52 yards and three touchdowns vs. Army
• Four catches for 59 yards at Washington
• Five catches for 68 yards at Notre Dame
• Two catches for 20 yards vs. Washington State
• Two catches for 50 yards vs. Oregon State
• Five catches for 116 yards at Oregon
• Three catches for 51 yards at Cal
• Two catches for 50 yards, including 37-yard touchdown, at UCLA
• Four catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns vs. Maryland

As a Junior (2013):
• 13 games played
• 28 receptions for 642 yards and five touchdowns
• Single-season school record 22.9 yards/catch
• Three 100-yard outputs
• Stanford's Offensive Player of the Game at Washington State (Sept. 28)
• First career touchdown catch (40 yards) to open scoring against San Jose State
• Three catches for 62 yards against San Jose State
• Three catches for 67 yards against Arizona State
• First career 100-yard outing (115), four catches and two touchdowns against Washington State
• 57- and 33-yard touchdown catches
• Two catches for seven yards vs. Washington
• Two catches for 17 yards and one touchdown at Utah
• Season-high seven catches for 109 yards vs. UCLA, including 34-yard reception 
• One catch for 19 yards at USC
• Three catches for 75 yards and one touchdown vs. Notre Dame
• Two catches for season-high 120 yards at Arizona State in Pac-12 Championship Game
• 78-yard reception
• One catch for 51 yards vs. Michigan State in Rose Bowl

As a Sophomore (2012):

• Played in eight games
• One catch for seven yards at Colorado

As a Freshman (2011):
• Did not see action

The Cajuste File
• Graduated from Holy Cross (N.Y.) and played for head coach Tom Pugh
• Earned three varsity letters
• SuperPrep All-Northeast Region 
• New York’s fourth-best overall player by Scout
• Nation’s 36th-best tight end prospect by Scout
• Led league in receptions (47), yards (864) and touchdowns (9) as a senior
• Third in league with 1,139 all-purpose yards
• All-state, all-league, all-city, all-New York Post and all-Daily News
• New York Post All-Queens Offensive Player of the Year 
• Daily News All-Queens Offensive Player of the Year
• 40 catches for 921 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior
• All-state, all-city and all-league honors as a junior 
• Invited to five postseason bowls after senior season
• Lettered in basketball and track and field
• Born in Syosset, N.Y.
• Full name is Devon Gregory Cajuste
• Son of Gregory and Andrea Cajuste
• Stepson of Carolann Cajuste
• Two sisters, Olivia and Chloe-Ann, and one brother, Jon-Gregory
• Enjoys music, swimming and golf 
• Plays trumpet, piano and guitar
• Majoring in science, technology and society (life sciences and biotechnology)

 

 

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