NFL Scouts Talk About Vlad Ducasse
kristianrdyer , TheJetsBlog.com
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The “Summer of Vlad” is now over and Jets fans have to be wondering what will become of the versatile Vlad Ducasse after he was a highly touted second round pick three years ago.
On Thursday, Jets offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo said that the left guard rotation involving starter Matt Slauson and Ducasse wasn’t his doing but came from upper management. The conclusion drawn by many is that Ducasse is being force-fed snaps in order to justify his high selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Jets Blog spoke with two NFL talent evaluators, one from the AFC and another from the NFC, about Ducasse and their thoughts on him.
Both individuals spoke on the condition of anonymity because they’re not allowed to make statements to the media per the policy of their respective teams.
On Ducasse coming out three years ago:
The NFC Scout – “I liked him but I thought he was raw. He didn’t have a whole lot of pedigree coming out of UMass but you liked his potential. Tremendous hips from what I remember but his technique was raw. To be honest, he was a reach in the second round. We had him graded third or fourth round from what I remember.”
On Ducasse’s development:
The AFC Scout – “I haven’t seen his every game but from what I’ve seen, he hasn’t seemed to polish his game much. He’s still that really raw, really inexperienced kid we saw in college. Physically he’s improved and seems to have shaped his body better. We always liked his work ethic but we weren’t going to go for him in the second round with an offensive line that [we had] at the time that was good and in their prime. He was a project and perhaps he still is.”
On Ducasse’s ceiling:
The NFC Scout – “I think this is his second offensive line coach now in three years and that won’t help his confidence much but [DeGuglielmo] is a tough coach. He will get the most out of him. Can Ducasse turn that raw talent and physical strength into solid blocking? Right now, I don’t think so necessarily. He’s probably best as a rotation guy who can get plugged in throughout the line. He’s still young though and I think in another year or two he could be a starter for some team.”
On Ducasse competing against Slauson:
The AFC Scout – “I don’t think it is close between the two of them. Slauson is a very underrated guard.”
Kristian R. Dyer is a Jets beat reporter for Metro New York and contributes to The Jets Blog. Follow him at @KristianRDyer for Jets breaking news and info from Florham Park.