When the Oakland Raiders decided to end the DeMarcus Van Dyke experiment just one year removed from drafting him it was assumed some other team would come calling. And why not? DVD is blessed with amazing physical skills, is fluid in pass coverage and has shown some real potential. Problem is none of that ever translated to the field on Sundays.
Now the real problem for DVD is that there don’t seem to be any other takers out there for a frail-framed corner with lighting speed. According to reports Van Dyke cleared waivers today meaning not a single NFL team put in a claim for him. So much for that inevitable second opportunity.
Coming out of college DVD was considered a reach at best as a third round pick. He was benched at one point during his senior season and never played anywhere near an elite level at Miami. Making matters worse Van Dyke didn’t offer much more than speed to an NFL roster. He’s not a sure tackler so being an effective special teams gunner was out of the question. He doesn’t have any astounding ball skills so being a kick returner was never an option either.
In short Van Dyke is learning what it’s like to be a speedy corner in a football world where there is no Al Davis. No doubt Davis would have kept DVD on scholarship, happy to give his pet project time develop on the company’s dime.
The cold reality for Van Dyke is that Reggie McKenzie is no Al Davis when it comes to pet projects. Either you can contribute now or you can find work elsewhere. Unfortunately for DVD it matters not if Davis were still around. Not even he could help convince another team to take a flier on Van Dyke. Perhaps some team out there will but for now Van Dyke is officially out of the NFL.