With their third round pick, Al Davis did his thing. Once again, the Raiders wind up with the guy who ran the fastest 40 time at the combine.
Van Dyke has good height but could stand to add some bulk to his frame, especially considering how much man coverage he will be playing.
He has the speed to keep up with almost any wide receiver in the league and has good ball skills, getting his head around at the right time and attacking the ball.His biggest problem is limiting separation with wide receivers on their routes. He can stay with a guy running straight down the sideline, but can he react quick enough to limit separation on routes with lots of movement.
Van Dyke is the type of guy who has the physical attributes to be a very good cornerback in the NFL but is on the raw side right now. Hopefully, with a guy like Rod Woodson working with him, he will develop into the number one cornerback the Raiders need.
Once again, the Raiders drafted to need, but there is a much bigger question here as to whether Van Dyke was the right CB to draft at this point. Curtis Marsh and Shareece Wright were also available at that point, and both players are much better at man coverage and conceivably would be more capable of stepping in and playing right away. However, they do not have the same upside that Van Dyke has and Wright has some durability issues.