Does Ducasse signal Faneca's end?

April, 23, 2010
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The New York Jets waited a long time in between their first and second picks, choosing to hold onto their originally assigned slots. With the 61st selection of the draft, they took UMass offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse.

Why the Jets took him: The Jets boast an elite offensive line, but they lack depth and have a couple of older players who are past their primes. The Jets love to run the ball, and Scouts Inc. rated Ducasse the third-best run blocker among all guards in the draft.

Where he fits: The Jets reportedly have been shopping perennial Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca and will need to replace right tackle Damien Woody within a couple of years. If the Jets don't trade or cut Faneca, Ducasse can ease into the role, but there's a good chance he could start on opening night. He's 6-foot-5 and 332 pounds.

Scouts Inc. says: As a run blocker, displays a quick first step and takes strong angles to the point. Plays with balance and leverage and is able to engulf defenders with massive frame and strength. Moves well in the open field and can adjust on the move in space. However needs to take more precise angles when cutting off linebackers and could use to play with lower pad level at times. ... As a pass blocker, quick into sets and is light on his feet. Uses long arms well to keep rushers at bay. Slides and redirects well when recovering against double moves. Is capable of anchoring against bull rush when he plays with leverage. Footwork is a bit inconsistent and usually is the underlying cause when having problems in protection.

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