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Devon Cajuste | Wide Receiver

Team: Stanford Cardinal
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 228

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The 49ers list UDFA Stanford WR/TE Devon Cajuste as a receiver.
Cajuste has a receiver's game and athleticism, but a tight end's body (6'4/234) and a classic tweener's speed (4.62). Whether Chip Kelly intends to use him as a classic outside receiver, a "big slot" or a move tight end remains to be seen, but Cajuste could contribute early if he makes the team regardless of capacity because of San Francisco's dearth of pass catchers. May 9 - 11:44 PM

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49ers signed Stanford WR/TE Devon Cajuste.

Cajuste (6'4/234) was a three-year starter for the Cardinal, parlaying 90 career catches into 1,589 yards (17.7 YPR) and 14 touchdowns. Blessed with long arms (33") and huge hands (10 3/4"), Cajuste may have to transition from college wideout into a pass-catching tight end or H-back with 4.62 speed. Another option would be a "big slot" role. Cajuste is a plus athlete, finishing in the 88th percentile of SPARQ testing. There is a place for Cajuste in the pros; it just remains to be seen where he'll fit.
May 1 - 2:10 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Stanford WR/TE Devon Cajuste is "kind of my sleeper."

"That son of a guy is talented talented," he said. "Now he's a weird kid but he's talented. Not a tight end. He'd be a big slot. Excellent athlete." Cajuste ran the fastest three-cone drill (6.49 seconds) of anyone at the Combine and ranked No. 5 among all receivers this decade, even though most see him as a TE at the next level. "He's that new breed of receiving tight end," another scout said. "Put him in the slot. I like him to a point." Cajuste wasn't used much at Stanford, but the NFL seems to like him a lot. "Tough, hard-nosed blocker," said a third scout. "Boy, this guy likes to sneak up on 'em. He (hit) a couple guys from UCLA and turned 'em thistle end up, I'll tell you. ... He's one of those gliders and sliders in that you don't have to be real fast but you time where you pop open in the seam. He'd be that fourth or fifth wide receiver who comes in on third down because he can block and catch in traffic."
Apr 22 - 2:29 PM

In mocking Stanford WR/TE Devon Cajuste to the Chiefs in Rd. 5, Rotoworld's Josh Norris wonders if HC Andy Reid might see some Riley Cooper in his game.

The Chiefs have more pressing needs than receiver, but the organization could take a shot on an upside prospect on Day 3 and stash him behind Jeremy Maclin, Albert Wilson and Chris Conley for a season. "[Cajuste's] testing was very good, including some of the best agility scores we have ever seen," Norris wrote. As a tight end, Cajuste's Combine tests graded out in the 88th SPARQ percentile.
Source: Rotoworld
Apr 6 - 2:02 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Eagles put Stanford WR/TE Devon Cajuste through a private workout earlier this week.

The 6-foot-4, 234-pounder is about as eye-of-the-beholder as you get for offensive perimeter talent. Some see a WR/TE tweener who in all reality won't be able to play either effectively in the NFL. Others see a big sleeper whose talents weren't utilized at Stanford. We'll find out where exactly the NFL stands on the issue of Cajuste's potential later this month.
Apr 1 - 5:42 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Michael Renner indicated that while Stanford WR/TE Devon Cajuste sometimes struggled for separation in college, he should find it against linebackers as an NFL tight end.

"[Cajuste]’s purely an athletic projection at this point, but there are enough tools there to mold him into an effective receiving weapon," Renner wrote. The 6-foot-4, 234-pounder hasn't played a single snap at tight end over the last two seasons. "[His lack of separation] will likely change, though, if he’s able to work against linebackers more," the analyst believes. An NFC executive referred to him as a "damn good player" in January, regardless of what position he ultimately settles on.
Mar 27 - 2:49 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock called Stanford receiver Devon Cajuste "an interesting guy, to figure out what kind of role he can play in the NFL."

Cajuste's in the dreaded tweener limbo between wideout and tight end at 6-foot-4, 236 pounds. He logged a 4.57-second 40-yard dash during Thursday's Pro Day--a number that more/less lines up accurately with his Combine time of 4.60 seconds. During the week in Indianapolis, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted that he "looked like a natural wideout" during pass-catching drills, while NFL Media's Lance Zierlein has observed that he has a similar profile to Lance Kendricks.
Mar 18 - 11:01 PM

Stanford receiver Devon Cajuste completed some tight end drills during the school's pro day, according to Tony Pauline.

Cajuste has been projected by some to be a hybrid receiver/tight end in the NFL based on the role he occasionally filled for the Cardinal. Overall, he is more of a pass catcher than anything else and also a tremendous athlete. Cajuste's agility scores were off the chart, and his SPARQ figure placed him in the 84th percentile of NFL receivers, according to Zach Whitman. Cajuste could go off the board as early as the third round.
Mar 18 - 11:24 AM

Stanford WR/TE Devon Cajuste's three-cone time of 6.49 was tops among receivers at the Combine and the No. 5 showing of all receivers this decade.

This is what makes that test all the more incredible: Cajuste probably isn't a receiver in the NFL. He's most likely a TE or an H-Back. As a tight end, Cajuste tested out in the 88th SPARQ percentile. Measuring in at 6-foot-4, 234 pounds, Cajuste ran a 4.60 in the 40-yard dash. We've heard some talk that astute teams who value chess pieces and draft value -- the Pats are one example -- are already heavily sniffing around Cajuste, who was criminally underused in Stanford's Christian McCaffrey-based offensive system last year.
Mar 2 - 1:57 PM

Stanford WR/TE Devon Cajuste has a similar NFL profile to Lance Kendricks, projects Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.

Does Cajuste have the athletic chops to transcend his tweener label? The analyst says that the possibility -- not even the reality, but the possibility -- that Cajuste can play a move H-back role or TE increases his worth over just being a receiver. Cajuste logged a disappointing 27-383-3 line last season, though some of that can be blamed on the Cardinal's run-heavy offensive system.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 29 - 8:10 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline observed that Stanford WR Devon Cajuste "looked like a natural wideout" during receiving drills on Saturday.

"Wide receiver looks like wide receiver" isn't generally a sentiment that's noteworthy, but in Cajuste's case, it actually could matter. Pauline notes that several teams have kicked around the idea of shifting the 6-foot-4, 228-pounder over to tight end. The analyst wrote that he "ran solid routes and caught the ball well" during Saturday's combine drills. His 4.62 mark in the 40-yard dash may seem a bit sluggish, but it wasn't far off the 4.56 average for this receiving class.
Feb 28 - 5:08 PM

NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein admitted that while he's been "a little low" on Stanford WR Devon Cajuste, he's upgraded his opinion based on this week's Shrine Game practices.

Zierlein entered the week down on Cajuste, in part because he viewed him as a bit of a tweener between WR and TE, but "the NFL scouting community has stood firm in their idea that Cajuste is a good football player and will find a place in the league. Based on this week's practices," Zierlein wrote, "I would agree with them." He praised the 6-foot-4, 227-pounder's ability to finish on catches. This past season, he logged a rather disappointing 27-383-3 receiving line for the Cardinal, but he's started out the draft process well with his practice performances.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 3:00 PM

An NFC executive says Stanford WR Devon Cajuste is "a damn good player."

"I don't know if you play (Devon) Cajuste at tight end or as a big receiver or as an H-back, but he's a damn good player," the exec said. "He's too much for some of these cornerbacks out here. He could have played at the Senior Bowl." Cajuste is currently on the practice fields at the East-West Shrine Game. The 6-foot-4, 227-pound had only 27 receptions, for 383 yards and three touchdowns last year and has been labeled by some as a WR/TE 'tweener. The NFL, however, may be looking at Cajuste as a specialized player, a jumbo WR in the Devin Funchess mold or an H-back in the Lance Kendricks mold. Cajuste has become a candidate for late Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 3:21 PM

Stanford WR Devon Cajuste "is destined for the Y-spot in an NFL offense, utilizing his height and hands over the middle and in the red zone," according to NFL.com's Chad Reuter.

In that way, the NFL will utilize Cajuste similarly to 2015 second-rounder Devin Funchess. "This large receiver (6-foot-4, 227 pounds) wasn't utilized as much as he could have been by the Cardinal this year -- partially because they needed to feed Christian McCaffrey as much as possible," Reuter wrote. "But when given the chance to shine, Cajuste did just that; he made five catches for 125 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame." Cajuste is currently auditioning for scouts on the practice fields at the East-West Shrine Game. "A big week in St. Pete, along with strong workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine, could cement a top-100 draft grade," Reuter wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 9:59 AM

Stanford redshirt senior WR Devon Cajuste will attend the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-4, 228-pound Cajuste has made only 26 catches in Stanford's run-heavy scheme this year. He's a bit of a tweener, with a receiver's game, a tight end's speed and a frame that is somewhere between the two.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 09:48:00 PM