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.