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Harsh Van Dyke review

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 6:49 pm in Oakland Raiders.

At the risk of being the you-know-what in the punch bowl, here’s the analysis of Russ Lande, the draft analyst for the Sporting News, on Raiders third-round pick (No. 81 overall) DeMarcus Van Dyke of Miami:

Van Dyke is a three-year starter & four-year player at CB for the Hurricanes in 2010. He was benched during the middle of the season. He has a lean, lanky frame with some definite growth potential to add strength for the position at the next level. He is a very good overall athlete with excellent speed, range, & quickness in his play. He is not a consistent or disciplined coverage player, despite his physical & athletic qualities. He has great reach, feet, & hips as a press m/m coverage player. He can play in tight m/m coverage down the field, but has very little production on the ball in the air over the course of his career. He tends to guess & jumps underneath as an off m/m & zone coverage player. He is more of a typical, finesse player for his position in run support & as a tackler. He tends to catch & drag-down as a tackler. He will grab & miss or else swipes at ankles a lot. He is not very productive in any phase of the game this season. Overall, he deserves late 5th round draft consideration due to his excellent physical & athletic qualities. However, he appears to be more of a tease, than an actual prospect with potential to develop. He reminds me a lot of a combination of former Buckeye Donald Washington [4th round-#102-KC] & former Bearcat Brandon Underwood [6th round-#187-GB].

Rod Woodson worked out VanDyke and Brandon Harris at Miami.

The Raiders also picked up the No. 92 pick from New England in Round 3, as well as No. 125 in Round 4, in exchanged for next year’s second-round draft pick.

Guess they don’t think much of next year’s Round 2. Or they’ll simply make a trade next year and get back into it.

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  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    not evening paying attention to our pick…sucking Patriots balls……….

  • Thec07

    Trenchmen…..Cool

  • severeraiderz

    I preferred Shareece Wright over Van Dyke, i also like Carmichael from Va Tech

  • 504 Raider

    Great pick in Barksdale. Will be day 1 starter at RT.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    What up Lowdown?

    Looking to be in Shanghai 9/27.

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    hey geeks, is Barksdale a bulldozer? His cheat sheet reads “no talent” but strong……

  • raideredoutL.A.

    didnt watch much to any draft coverage…dont recognize any of these dudes.

  • Thec07

    Boling and cannon still on the board…

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    K2…damn….good weather at that time….keep reminding me…If I am in Beijing, I can take a weekend to chill and drink pints…

  • MikieG

    Good Lord, are we ever going to get any OLine Help, or anyone that can help this team whatsoever? Wiz was a reach….DVD is absurd, Hope all opens the purse strings and starts writing checks to the Free Agents were going to need to to fill the swiss cheese quantity of holes this team now has…
    Jesus

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    skipped right over our announcement…F them!

  • J Hill

    Overview

    Barksdale’s a backup right tackle prospect with exceptional size but less-than-adequate athleticism for the next level. Uses his strength to stop the bull rush in pass protection, but has a difficult time dealing with double-moves or edge rushers. Can create some running room by walling off defenders but doesn’t fire off the ball, get a ton of movement, or excel locating targets at the second level. Has good football IQ, picking up blitzers and staying home against stunts, but limited athleticism still causes him to be a step late at times. Developmental prospect worthy of a late-round pick.

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    Ouch!

  • YoungAmerican

    Positives: Ideal size. Long arms with an even distribution of weight. Versatile player who has only four years of experience at tackle. Came to LSU as a highly touted defensive tackle prospect and that defensive mentality is occasionally seen on tape. Gains good depth on his kick-slide and has the lateral agility and balance to mirror the defender. Long arms and strong hands to control. Can turn and seal off defenders in the running game, giving backs an easy lane to run through. Shows some athletic ability getting to the second level and, while not nimble, can get in the way of the linebacker, essentially making the block. Legitimate upside. Might just be scratching the surface of his potential and could wind up a better NFL player than he was in college.

    Negatives: Lacks the elite athleticism necessary to remain at left tackle in the pros — though he started and earned second-team All-SEC honors as a senior. Has a troubling tendency to drop his head and bend at the waist on contact, which puts him off-balance. Can be overwhelmed when he gets lazy and doesn’t keep his feet moving. Remains a technically flawed prospect who has been able to get by on only his natural ability.

  • Bauce Rules

    Al is building the oline…..complain now you wimps

  • Lowdown_in_Beijing

    MikeG…I hear ya, but even with a mediocre line last year, our run game was tops….it can only get better.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    pre-draft

  • Carl Weathers

    The Pats also got our 7th this year along with the 2nd next year.

  • severeraiderz

    I read that Barksdale is comparable to Levi Brown…super strong, long arms, and gets a good push in the running game

  • Bauce Rules

    Damn jets got Ellis…..oh well…he just gets to get hiss ass beat week 3

  • aig-raiders

    Barksdale’s not bad. Getting big uglies out of the SEC is never a bad thing. Weird trade though. I agree with Rich Eisen.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    espn

  • jmcclain

    Nfl network clowning us. Patriots just said wierdest request they ever had in a draft are trade they ever made was from the raiders lmao. Oh well maylock and rich eison are the biggest punks maylock just a book worm and watches damn videos his whole life diesnt no crap about football what a joke.

  • JB

    Barksdale’s a backup right tackle prospect with exceptional size but less-than-adequate athleticism for the next level. Uses his strength to stop the bull rush in pass protection, but has a difficult time dealing with double-moves or edge rushers. Can create some running room by walling off defenders but doesn’t fire off the ball, get a ton of movement, or excel locating targets at the second level. Has good football IQ, picking up blitzers and staying home against stunts, but limited athleticism still causes him to be a step late at times. Developmental prospect worthy of a late-round pick.

    Not exactly a rousing report. Rated 4.9 –

    Why pick a 4.9 when a 7.2 was n the board. It’s good that we are going OL but let’s pick the good ones. So far, IMO, this draft is rated as a D.

  • MikieG

    All I can say really is “Bring on Free Agency”
    Cause this draft has been abysmal…yuck.

  • kelloggss

    Van Dyke will probably end up another chicken safety..the Raider have had horrible coaching and players at that position the last 30 years.

    Being an LSU fan Barksdale will be a solid player,after drafting the worst fuggen player in Raiders/NFL history from LSU i’m glad Al Davis doesnt hold a grudge..Barksdale is a serious player..trust me!

  • MikieG

    I just had open heart surgery 2 weeks ago, so I am glad I have been taking my blood pressure meds, else I think I would have been much more upset by these picks right now. As of this moment, my pulse has remained a nice 75 as opposed to the 125 it normally woulda been after these Classic Al Davis blunders..

  • noteasilyimpressed

    How about if we at least see them play before we start whining about who we picked and didn’t pick?

  • kelloggss

    If just one of the Penn St or LSU linemaen can replace and play better than fat ass no talent Gallery..I GIVE US AN A+.

    Van Dyke is a fuggen joke unless he can return kicks..he would probably still be on the board in the 5th or 6th round…I JUST WANT AL DAVIS TO GET A FUGGEN CLUE..YOU CAN DRAFT FAST/TALL NO TALENT FREAKS,BUT YOU DON’T HAVE THE COACHING STAFF THAT YOU HAD IN 70′S OR 80′S ANYMORE,,OH YEAH? BRESNAF’K IS BACK..HOLY SH’T MAN!!…PLEASE DON’T DRAFT ANYMORE DEFENSE THAT WOULD BE POINTLESS!

  • fasteddie510

    does this mean we have no chance of re-signing asomugha!?!? i’ve heard he might but then i’ve heard otherwise….

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