Scouting Report: Vladimir Ducasse

Written by Rob Engle on April 22, 2010



Vladimir Ducasse


Position: OT/OG School: UMass
Height: 6’4 3/8 Weight: 332 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 5.26

Overall Grade:

6.12

Draft Projection:

2nd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 6
Speed 8 4
Quickness/Agility 10 6.5
Strength/Explosion 10 9.5
Athletic Ability 8 4.5
Durability 8 7
Character 6 5.5
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 9


Offensive Lineman Specific Categories

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Pass Blocking 10 7
Run Blocking 10 8.5
Awareness 8 6.5
Hand Placement 6 3
Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 3.5
Footwork 8 5
Leverage 8 7



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Ducasse’s biggest strength, is his strength. He’s a huge guy with great weight distribution and strength. Dominated the D1AA competition. Terrific run blocker who gets good leverage and gets good push. Has good knee bend and he knows not to bend at the waist.

Weaknesses

Is still pretty raw and new to football. Level of competition wasn’t great and he struggled at times at the Senior Bowl. Has slow, heavy feet and stiff hips which might prohibit him from being an effective pulling guard. Chances of being an effective tackle are slim because of a slow kick slide and inability to handle speed rushers.

Analysis

Ducasse was one of the best stories to watch this draft season. He was born in Haiti and was obviously affected by the disaster there, but he kept his mind on football which shows a commitment to the game and achieving his goals. He should go to a team that loves a power running back and will be patient with teaching him better pass blocking technique


Experience

Three year starter at UMass.

Awards and Honors

2009: 1st team All-CAA. 1st team All-American (AP).
2008: 1st team All-CAA.
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

African American studies major at UMass.

Injuries

No history of injuries.




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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.