My confidence for the Oakland Raiders making the right selection in the 2011 NFL Draft was at an all-time high after the selection of Stefen Wisniewski with No. 48. That confidence came crashing down when I heard DeMarcus Van Dyke was their next selection. I didn't know a lot about Van Dyke, and that was because the little I knew led me to saying, "Oh my Al. I hope they do not take this guy."
All I had seen leading up to the draft was he was a back-up at Miami, he had the fastest 40 at the Combine, and he was projected as a late round pick. The more I learned about Van Dyke the more I understood the pick, and the round in which they picked him. Jump over for more on the now Pirate DVD....
Van Dyke entered Miami as a highly recruited player. Here is Scout.com's take on DVD coming out of high school:
His expectations at Miami were apparent right away as he started eight games as a freshman. To look at his college resume after that is to look at giant red flags waving. Van Dyke only started two games as a sophomore, eight as a junior and just three as a senior.
The fact that the Raiders just drafted a college backup with their third-round pick was one of the first things the media asked Hue Jackson after Day Two of the draft concluded. Action Jackson:
He also was a starter and played some tremendous football. Sometimes things happen for different reasons. We found those reasons out, so we’re very, very comfortable about what happened there at the University of Miami . And we feel very fortunate that this young man is on our football team.
Although, he didn't sell everyone during his practices for the Shrine Game. Wes Bunting of the National Football Post:
Don't worry Raiders fans—it gets better.
Troy Pauline of SI.com
"He did practice well at the Shrine Game and had a good Senior Bowl. Definitely third round, maybe second- round area for a team that takes a liking to him. The problem with Van Dyke is the fact he’s pencil thin. I mean, He’s built like a flamingo."