TJB Scouting Report: OL Vlad Ducasse

Height: 6′4″ | Weight: 332 lbs
Arm Length: 34 3/4 in. | Hand Size: 9 5/8 in.
Press: 29 | College: UMass
Ducasse Biography

Positives: Ducasse is a physical and tough player with excellent size and strength. He is very agile and is quick off the snap. He has light feet and can be an anchor. He is durable, versatile and brings everything to the field with him.

Negatives: His instincts aren’t all together yet most likely due to his lack of  football experience after growing up in Haiti. His footwork needs some attention and more importantly he needs to learn to finish his blocks and take better angles against defenders.

Analysis: In all honesty I truly believed that the Jets were going to go either safety or linebacker here but the way the draft is going, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised they chose Ducasse. Although drafting an OL wasn’t a major need especially this early I could see why this happened. There is uncertainty with Alan Faneca at LT, Damian Woody is getting on in years and overall the line could use depth. After some coaching by the master, Bill Callahan, I believe Ducasse can turn into a very dangerous OL that could provide excellent protection for Sanchez.

Ducasse Film Room:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwLp0hBtWsg

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-qdDdaz3Rw

11 comments
bockers
bockers

Nimmo was a horrific pick.No way is he even top 15,none the less #5.

Jeff Roland
Jeff Roland

smith should be banned from all lists just for wearing those cleats

Ron Alexander
Ron Alexander

I really don't get why d'Arnaud and Flores are on this list as they are pretty much major leaguer's at this point.

Also having Nimmo and Cecchini on this list is pretty pathetic as neither of them has done anything other than being picked #1 by the Met's. I suppose if your basing it on potential I might be able to understand that but if your basing it on anything either of them has done so far all I can say is Yikes, we are in trouble!

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Only problem I see is that the list does not contain Steven Matz. A left hander with his stuff is a rare commodity and has to put him ahead of Michael Fulmer and Gabriel Ynoa for that reason alone.

natew
natew

This might be the strangest of these lists so far this winter.  Smith so high and Cecchini so low (compared to others) doesn't make a whole lot of sense since both have little besides draft status and early scouting reports to prop them up.  Seems more like guessing who is most likely to succeed, with little else given weight.  

I'm not high on Cecchini myself, but this seems like faulty logic to me. 

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

I ultimately feel like Nimmo will play a gold glove left field down the road on a good team. It doesn't sound like he has a bad arm, but not a great one either. He also gets good reads, but with just above-average speed, not outstanding speed. I prefer defenders to be very good at the position they play, not just serviceable, and that's the feeling I get about Nimmo playing center field. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think the Mets will be a better team down the road with Nimmo at the corner spots.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

But Toby, how can he have above average speed if he only stole 10 bases last year. 


Just kidding. I'll take your word as you saw him a TON last year playing in a large ball park with a massive outfield that he'll be able to stick in CF. At least until he's in his early 30's.

Sylvan Migdal
Sylvan Migdal

@Ron Alexander  The whole point of top prospect lists is that they're based on potential, not what the players have done. If you want to know who had the best stats in the minor leagues last year, there's leaderboards for that.


As for d'Arnaud and Flores, they're still prospects because they're still eligible for Rookie of the Year voting. That's just the way it's done.

The Feels
The Feels

Matz is gonna be special! Let's Go Matz!