3 quick thoughts on OT Yodny Cajuste, final third-round pick of Patriots

Ryan Hannable
April 26, 2019 - 11:30 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots were originally supposed to pick at No. 97 overall, but they made a deal with the Rams to move back to pick No. 101. They also gave up pick No. 162 overall and got back No. 101 and No. 133.

With pick No. 101 overall (third final selection in the third round), the Patriots drafted offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste out of West Virginia. Quarterback Will Grier was selected one pick before.

Cajuste was co-Big 12 offensive lineman of the year and he projects as a right tackle in the NFL, although nothing is set in stone.

Here are three quick thoughts on the selection.

-- Late in March, the tackle had surgery to repair his quad muscle, which hurt his draft stock. He was projected to go higher than the third round, so the Patriots could look at this as getting good value. He's reportedly expected to be fully recovered by June.

-- In addition, he tore his ACL in 2016, so it would appear there are some medical red flags, which could be another reason why he went in Round 3.

-- Cajuste played just one year of high school football, as it was once his dream to play in the NBA as basketball was his first love.

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