Who The Hell Will They Draft? Vladimir Ducasse, OT, UMass




With the Colts picking up DE Jerry Hughes in the first round, one has to think that OT is the next priority on Polian's list. After the Super Bowl we all know the red head complained about the performance of the O line. So it's a safe bet that Bill will address this in the second round.

One player I thought would be a good choice for the Colts before all the Charles Brown talk started was Vladimir Ducasse. Ducasse is huge, standing at 6'6 and weighing in at 328 lbs. This is a guy who could end up being a diamond in the rough. But there could also be some risks in drafting him. 

Ducasse has a lot of strengths. He has massive size and good balance. His down blocking technique and his ability to get off the ball quickly and low off the snap will help him as he transitions into the NFL. From some of the highlights I have seen, Ducasse is constantly getting into the second level and fending off linebackers, and on pulling plays he seems to have good field vision, although he takes a lot of choppy steps when closing on a defender. 

Now comes the bad stuff. When first looking at Ducasse it seemed he had a lot of weaknesses, but after getting a better look at him, it seems most can be corrected with good coaching. His footwork isn't consistent in pass blocking and he seems to have some trouble picking up DE's that twist around a lot. Even though Ducasse comes off the ball well, he tends to not sustain blocks very well and tends to rise up on impact. His reach blocks need work because he tends to hesitate and take false steps. 

Ducasse is still in the process of learning the game, but with the help of the Colts I think this process should speed up. The guy has great talent that needs to be nurtured. If he keeps progressing, and his past work ethic suggest he will, he will be a solid O lineman in the NFL. MockingDan at Mocking the Draft has Ducasse developing into a Guard, but I think the Colts could use him at LT. 

Mocking The Draft:

After just six years of playing organized football, Vladimir Ducasse has developed in to one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2010 draft class. An AP All-American, the Haitian native showed glimpses of being a dominant force within the trenches while participating in the Senior Bowl down in Mobile. It is easy to notice how raw of a player he is, as his technique in space is very inconsistent and he does not always appear to be comfortable on the edge. However when he is moving downhill, there may not be a more powerful interior lineman in the country. A move to guard is likely where he will need a year or two to refine the technique portion of his game. But his strong work ethic and ability to respond well to NFL coaching could evolve him in to a top notch guard at the next level. He carries a 2nd or 3rd round grade across the league but the upside here is higher than any interior lineman in this class.

Ducasse is a three-year starter at tackle that translates inside to guard for the next level. He came to the U.S. from Haiti in 2002 and that was his first exposure to playing the game of football. He is very athletic for his size with foot quickness, agility and body control but due to his limited experience he often takes poor angles and is not always very quick to recognize stunts and twists by the defensive front. When he has no doubt as to what he is supposed to do, Ducasse looks dominating and powerful. While he is not apt to be an instant impact player, Ducasse has a chance to become a quality starter due to his size, power and athleticism

So it looks like a few people have Vlad converting to a Guard, but with some work I think he could be a good LT. There's no better QB in the league to learn from than Peyton and I gotta think that Peyton wouldn't hesitate to help the guy watching his back. If the Colts don't trade up tonight and take a top LT, then Ducasse may not be out of the question. He's projected as a late 2nd to early 3rd rounder.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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