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Vladimir Ducasse
No. 62     New York Jets
Offensive Lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-10-15) October 15, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
High School: Stamford (CT)
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
College: Massachusetts
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 61
Debuted in 2010 for the New York Jets
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2009 FCS All-American First Team (Associated Press)
  • 2009 CAA All-Conference First Team
  • 2009 New England Football Writers All-Star
  • 2008 Sports Network Hon. Mention All-American
  • 2008 CAA All-Conference First Team
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Games played     34
Games started     1
Stats at NFL.com

Vladimir Ducasse (Template:IPA-ht, English: /ˈvlædɨmɪər duːˈkɑːs/; born October 15, 1987) is an Haitian-born American football offensive lineman for the New York Jets. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the 2nd round, as the 61st overall pick.

High school careerEdit

A native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Ducasse moved to the United States in 2002.[1] He attended Stamford High School in Stamford, Connecticut, where he played offensive line and was named First Team All-State by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. He also earned First Team All-Fairfield County by the FCIAC Coaches.

Ducasse was not rated by any recruiting service, and neither drew the attention of any BCS subdivision college.[1] He chose to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

College careerEdit

As a true freshman at UMass, Ducasse saw action in four games as a reserve offensive lineman. In his sophomore year he became the starter at left tackle, started 12 of 13 games in 2007 and aided UMass' line in allowing just 15 quarterback sacks in his 12 games.

In his junior season, Ducasse started all games at left tackle and was part of offensive line that has allowed just six sacks, the fewest in the Colonial Athletic Association (0.5 per game) and second in the NCAA. Ducasse finished his career with 35 consecutive starts at left tackle. In those 35 games, UMass has allowed just 39 sacks and had a 100-yard rusher in 23 of those games. He was named a FCS First Team All-American by the Associated Press.[2]

Professional careerEdit

2010 NFL DraftEdit

Ducasse was considered one of the best offensive guard prospects available in the 2010 NFL Draft.[3] He worked out at TEST Sports Clubs in Martinsville, New Jersey in order to prepare himself for the NFL combine.[4] He scored 13 on the Wonderlic intelligence test.[5]

Ducasse was selected in the 2nd round (61st overall) by the New York Jets, as the first non-BCS-eligible player drafted in 2010. He is the first UMass football player drafted by the NFL since linebacker Khari Samuel in 1999, and the highest Minuteman taken since Greg Landry was the 11th pick overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1968 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4¼ in 332 lb 5.21 s 1.76 s 2.86 s 4.97 s 8.25 s 26 in 7 ft 7 in 29 rep 13

New York JetsEdit

Immediately after the Jets selected Ducasse, they released Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca.[8] Ducasse and Matt Slauson, a second-year backup, will compete for Faneca's old job in training camp.[9]

On July 7, he was signed by the Jets to a four-year deal worth $3.25 million, including a signing bonus just over $1 million.[10]

PersonalEdit

Vladimir Ducasse is the son of Delinois Ducasse, an accountant for the Bank of the Republic of Haiti. His mother died when he was 5. He has an older brother, Macarthur, and two younger siblings, Jeffrey and Jemima. Vladimir and Macarthur moved to Connecticut in 2002 to live with his aunt and uncle Virginia and Lezanoro Ducasse. The rest of his family still resides in Haiti and was affected by the 2010 earthquake.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dobrow, Marty (October 24, 2009), "For Ducasse, destiny leads to NFL draft", Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/sports/colleges/football/articles/2009/10/24/for_ducasse_destiny_leads_to_nfl_draft/?page=full
  2. "UMass' Ducasse an AP FCS First Team All-American", Stamford Advocate, December 16, 2009, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/sports/ci_14014020
  3. "2010 OG Draft Prospects", CBS Sports, http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings/TSX/2010_OG, retrieved December 19, 2009
  4. Garafolo, Mike (January 26, 2010), "Haiti native Vladimir Ducasse training for NFL draft in Martinsville, keeping an eye on homeland", The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/sports/njsports/index.ssf/2010/01/haiti_native_vladimir_ducasse.html.
  5. McGinn, Bob (February 25, 2010), "Packers may get offensive lineman they need in NFL draft", Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/85445307.html.
  6. "Vlad Ducasse Combine Profile", NFL.com, http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/vlad-ducasse?id=497006, retrieved February 27, 2010.
  7. "Vlad Ducasse Draft Profile", NFLDraftScout.com, http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=85558&draftyear=2010&genpos=OT.
  8. Mehta, Manish (April 23, 2010), "Jets to cut Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca", The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2010/04/jets_cut_pro_bowl_guard_alan_f.html.
  9. Cimini, Rich (April 27, 2010), "New York Jets' new offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse made it from Haiti to NFL", ESPN, http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/news/story?id=5135128.
  10. Vrentas, Jenny (July 7, 2010), "Second-round pick Vladimir Ducasse signs with Jets", The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2010/07/second-round_pick_vladimir_duc_1.html.
  11. Curtis, Davis (January 21, 2010), "With family alive in Haiti, Ducasse can return focus to Senior Bowl", Sporting News, http://www.sportingnews.com/college-football/article/2010-01-21/family-alive-haiti-ducasse-can-return-focus-senior-bowl

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