The NFL Draft is officially underway.
It took almost three rounds and 81 different players to be selected by various NFL teams before the process truly began. The draft doesn’t really kick into high gear until the faster player gets a phone call from the Oakland Raiders.
Enter Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke.
No secrets here. If you’ve got Raider speed then you’ll be wearing Silver and Black. By covering 40 yards in 4.28 seconds Van Dyke all but guaranteed that he’d be cashing checks endorsed by Al Davis. Just so we could all sleep soundly tonight, the Raiders grabbed the Miami native in the third round.
From a positional standpoint this was an area the team needed to address. Faced with the potential of losing Nnamdi Asomugha, the best cover corner in the game, the Raiders inked Stanford Routt to a huge deal. Outside of Routt, there’s really only Chris Johnson as youngsters Jeremy Ware and Walter McFadden struggled as rookies.
Van Dyke is very raw and has a slight build reminiscent of current Raider Walter McFadden. He’ll need time to develop but he’s going to the right team. If there’s one position the Raiders know how to develop, its cornerback.
Van Dyke will have two Hall of Famers (Willie Brown and Rod Woodson) in his ear and if Aso returns he’ll have the best role model in the game.