Today’s subject is Vladimir Ducasse and after the jump, you’ll see a couple of clips that illustrate his power and athleticism, but also some less than perfect technique.
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The first clip shows him exploding off the line to knock a run-blitzer flying and also getting on the move well. (Note: This kind of running play with the left tackle and tight end pulling to the outside is in the Mornhinweg playbook).
On the second clip, he gets out to the second level well and knocks the middle linebacker out of the play with an explosive block. (Note: This is a zone blocking play, again something which Mornhinweg does a lot of).
This clip is revealing for three reasons. First of all, he drives Haloti Ngata three yards off the line – no mean feat. Secondly, there’s signs of some rawness of technique (this was from 2011), as Ngata is eventually able to leverage off the block. Finally, we see how the play fails because D’Brickashaw Ferguson lets Jarret Johnson into the backfield, which perhaps wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t assist Ducasse with an intial double team.
I don’t know what to make of this one, but I guess you can’t fault his effort.
This isn’t intended to be a comprehensive breakdown of Ducasse’s abilities and idea really is for you to draw your own conclusions. If you did want some more details Ducasse analysis, go here, here or here. Obviously, the point I’m illustrating is that Ducasse is a physical specimen that could be dominant if he puts it all together. However, heading into camp, it seems that he is destined to be a utility player rather than a starter. It will be interesting to see if that’s still the case once the pads go on.
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