2011 NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles Prospect, Miami CB DeMarcus Van Dyke
Want a corner who has some speed? Look no further than University of Miami corner DeMarcus Van Dyke. He may have played fast in college, but he showed everyone just how fast he was at this year's NFL combine.
Van Dyke ran a 4.28 second 40-yard dash time, which was the fastest time of all participants. He was also the only participant to record a time below 4.3 seconds.
Speed isn't everything though, and there are some doubts about Van Dyke. However, he was still a player the Eagles chose to take a closer look at.
One of the biggest doubts about Van Dyke is his size. At 6'1" and 176 pounds, no one is worried about his height. Instead, his skinny frame is a big concern. He clearly has the speed to run with receivers down the field, but he doesn't have the bulk to step up and take on larger running backs around the league. Also, when backs have a blocker out in front of them, he has trouble shedding blocks and gets overpowered quite easily.
Larger receivers will also have an advantage on Van Dyke and can use their frames to box out on him. Van Dyke has long arms in which he has relied on heavily in his college career to break up passes at the last second. However, this isn't a technique that should be relied on too heavily at the next level.
Van Dyke didn't put together a career at Miami that has him being a first- or second-day selection. Instead, he is projected as a late Day 3 player.
His athleticism is very good and I think that is what intrigues teams the most. Teams that are interested in drafting him know that he's not going to start as a rookie. Instead, teams hope that they work on his technique to pair it with his athletic ability and turn him into a starting caliber type player, maybe more of a nickel guy.
For the Eagles, I can't see them taking Van Dyke until the seventh round where they currently have three selections. If they end up with a mid to late sixth-round pick at some point, maybe they could take him there, but this guy is definitely a project.
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