Dan's take on Vlad Ducasse

Don't view Vladimir Ducasse as a I-AA overachiever. That would be a mistake.

He's not your typical College Football Subdivision offensive line prospect.

The reason he went to UMass was because he didn't pick up football (or English) for that matter, until his junior year in high school. He had arrived from Haiti a year earlier.

And he also didn't understand the recruiting process. So when UMass offered him a scholarship, he took it.

If he had just waited the process out a little longer, he probably would have landed at a major program.

But he appreciated UMass' offer and took it.

This is a massive man (6-4, 330 pounds), a dancing bear with great feet, athleticism and strength.

Forget about the program.

This is like getting an Ohio State or Florida lineman.

He is a little raw, but his upside is big.

The Jets love him, and were thinking of picking him in the first round.

Not only does he have a tremendous upside as a player, he is an awesome kid.

He's so humble and so appreciative of what he's doing through right now.

It's like he just won the lottery.

When his father sent him to the United States to live with his uncle, it was for an education. He wanted him to go to an American college and study business, and then go to work.

Little did Vlad or his father know what was coming, or did they know what a football was.

Aside from his impressive raw ability, what makes him such an exciting prospect is his ability to pick things up quickly. He's really smart (will graduate in four years) and is very fast learner.

"He's like a sponge," said UMass SID Jason Yellin.

The Jets view him as the heir apparent to either Alan Faneca at left guard or Damien Woody at right tackle.


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