Each year, college football writer & analyst Bruce Feldman compiles a list of the most physically impressive players in college football, or to use Feldman’s term, “freaks”. It’s essentially a rundown of the biggest, fastest and strongest players who will be taking the field each year. The 2018 list was recently published, and West Virginia fans may recognize one name in particular: Offensive Lineman Yodny Cajuste.
Of the Miramar High School alum, Feldman had this to say:
“The former high school basketball player from South Florida bench presses 495 and dead lifts 735. Cajuste’s 1.65 10-yard split would have bested Kolton Miller’s 1.67 that was the top time by any offensive lineman at the NFL Scouting Combine this year and would have beaten any time in the previous three years in Indy. Cajuste also broad jumps 9-2.”
While the preseason hype machine for quarterback Will Grier has been working overtime for several weeks now, the fact that the Mountaineers’ blindside tackle is starting to draw more national praise should be even more cause for excitement. You can have the greatest passer in history under center, but without reliable protection — particularly where he is most vulnerable — your odds of fielding a functioning offense are slim-to-none.
Many West Virginia fans already know that Cajuste has a legitimate NFL pedigree, but as evidenced by Feldman’s take, the monster left tackle is starting to garner attention on a national level. If the Mountaineer offense hopes to live up to the preseason hype it’s garnered, they will require a lot of strong performances from Cajuste and the rest of Joe Wickline’s unit. The offensive line will need to road-grade opposing defenses on a regular basis and, perhaps more importantly, make sure Grier goes untouched as often as possible.
Based on sheer potential alone, Cajuste has all the tools to earn All-American honors in his final year in Morgantown and build his case as an early-round draft prospect in 2019.