DeMarcus Van Dyke was a 3rd round pick of the Oakland Raiders
in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was released yesterday in order to make room for former Eagles Joselio Hanson
Van Dyke draws comparisons to current Eagle's starter Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
. Cromartie is 6'2 182 pounds while Van Dyke is 6'1 187 pounds. Both are extremely athletic and have blazing speed. Cromartie ran a 4.33 40 yd dash at the combine while Van Dyke ran a 4.28 40.
The Eagles would greatly benefit from bringing in Van Dyke for a few reasons. Van Dyke could get a chance to learn from Rodgers-Cromartie and be a solid backup in case he gets injured. Also, Van Dyke has enormous physical potential. This move would require the Eagles to release another player, likely Brandon Hughes
. Hughes is a solid special teamer but wouldn't be missed greatly.
It comes as a surprise that Van Dyke cleared waivers in the first place. With a secondary coach as good as Todd Bowles and a chance to learn from some of the games best at his position, the Signing of Van Dyke couldn't benefit in many ways in the long run. Remember, Van Dyke is only 23 years of age. He has a long way to go to be a starter and may never get there, but if there is a place that it can happen, why not it be here?