STAMFORD, Conn. – UMass All-American offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse was selected by the New York Jets in the second round with the 61st overall selection of the 2010 NFL Draft on Friday night. Ducasse and his family and friends celebrated at Morton’s Steakhouse in his adopted hometown of Stamford, Conn. UMass football coaches Kevin Morris, Brian Picucci and Guido Falbo were on hand to join in the joyous occasion.
He joins fellow UMass alum safety James Ihedigbo with the Jets. The team’s general manager, the man who called Ducasse to inform the team of his selection is also a UMass alum, Mike Tannenbaum.
Ducasse is the highest NFL Draft pick out of UMass since quarterback Greg Landry was the 11th overall selection by the Detroit Lions in 1968. He is the third all-time highest draft pick out of UMass with only Landry and Milt Morin (first round in 1966 by the Cleveland Browns) being selected higher.
He is also UMass’s first selection in more than a decade with the last pick being Khari Samuel by the Chicagi Bears in the fifth round in 1999. Ducasse is just UMass’ second selection since Sandro Vitiello was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1980.
Ducasse had a decorated career at UMass as he earned All-American honors from nearly every outlet. He was a first-team All-Conference pick each of the last two years. Over his 35 career games at UMass, the Minutemen allowed just 39 sacks and UMass’ running backs had 23 100-yard rushing games.