Ducasse one step closer to finishing unlikely journey

Vladimir Ducasse has quickly turned himself into a strong OT and could be a first or second round pick. (Ben Liebenberg / NFL.com)

It’s rare for someone to learn about football in high school and a few years later become an elite pro prospect, and it’s even rarer for someone garnering first-round consideration to come from UMass. Well, OT Vladimir Ducasse has managed to do both.

The 6-foot-4 5/8, 331 pounder is likely to go in the second round, or perhaps even late in the first round, and is well on his way to bucking the odds for someone with his limited football background.

At the Minutemen’s pro day, which was held on March 25 outdoors on FieldTurf, Ducasse had a 27-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot, 8-inch broad jump, a 4.72-second short shuttle, a 7.87-second three-cone drill and did 28 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds. He stood on his NFL Scouting Combine time in the 40-yard dash. He worked out for the Raiders individually the day before the pro day.

The other notable prospects among the 20 (12 from UMass, eight from area schools) that worked out were as follows:

WR Victor Cruz (5-11 7/8, 205) had a 10-3 broad jump, a 4.31 short shuttle, a 6.96 three-cone drill and 16 bench press reps. He did position workouts, but stood on his 40 and vertical that he did at Boston College’s pro day on March 11.

WR Jeremy Horne-Murdock (6-2 1/8, 199) had a 35-inch vertical jump, a 4.15 short shuttle, a 6.80 three-cone drill and did 15 bench press reps. He stood on his 40 and broad jump from Boston College’s pro day.

DB Jeromy Miles (6-2 1/8, 210) had a 35-inch vertical, a 10-10 broad jump, a 4.24 short shuttle, a 6.72 three-cone drill and did 13 bench press reps.

DL Kyle Harrington (6-3 3/4, 291) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds with the wind and 4.96 seconds against the wind, had a 26-inch vertical, an 8-4 broad jump, a 4.78 short shuttle, a 7.41 three-cone drill and did 43 bench press reps. With strenght like that, they will probably make a nose tackle out of him in the NFL.

Gil Brandt

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