Ducasse a value, need-based pick for Jets

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 8:45 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

The Jets found a luxury in the first round when they added CB Kyle Wilson to an already talented CB corps. They opted to fill a need with their second choice.

GM Mike Tannenbaum entered the draft looking to find some younger pieces to plug into the offensive line and found one in Massachusetts' Vladimir Ducasse. The Jets landed outstanding value with their second-round choice. They took Ducasse, PFW's 26th-highest ranked player, with the 61st overall pick. He likely will serve in a swing role for New York. Ducasse can play guard or right tackle — two spots the team will need to fill in the not too distant future with Alan Faneca and Damien Woody wearing down.

While there were reports that the Jets would try to trade Faneca during the draft and then cut him if they were unable to make a deal, they might be better off keeping him for one more season. Ducasse would get a year to adjust and play if an injury made it necessary, and then potentially step into a starting role in 2011.

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