Prospect Profile: Vladimir Ducasse's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Massachusetts offensive guard Vladimir Ducasse inside.

Vladimir Ducasse
School: Massachusetts
Position: Offensive Guard
Height: 6-5
Weight: 330
Projected 40-Time: 5.20

Star Rating: Grade: 85
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of February 1st) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Ducasse has a rare mix of size and athleticism, and is an intriguing prospect for NFL teams.
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Strengths: Ducasse is a massive interior presence that possesses the attributes you want out of a lineman. He’s quick off the snap, has great strength and is able to maul the opposition on the line. He’s surprisingly athletic and has long arms that help him in pass protection. He initiates the contact and gets a great push in running situations. He’s agile is space and can get to the second level. He has a mean streak and a positive work ethic. He’s durable and has a lot of experience.

Weaknesses: He’s still raw and has to work on his overall technique and footwork. He dominated lesser quality competition and the transition to the next level could result into a position change to the inside.

Steuber Says: Ducasse was a late bloomer and didn’t start playing football until he was in high school. He’s come a long way and has worked on his craft since he arrived at UMass. A three-year starter, who’s blessed with unbelievable size and potential, Ducasse started the year as an unknown and will ultimately be selected in the 2nd or 3rd round.

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