Raiders pulling plug on 2011 third-round pick

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As Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie continues to settle in as the new captain of the team’s front office, he’s not afraid to overturn the decisions of his predecessor, the late Al Davis.

Per a league source, McKenzie and company will be waiving today cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke.

Van Dyke, a third-round pick in 2011 who appeared in 14 games with four starts last year, fit the former vision for the franchise.  He was fast.  The fastest man at last year’s Scouting Combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds.

The move comes two days after the Raiders and McKenzie parted ways with cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, a fourth-round pick in 2011 who ran the 40 in 4.33 seconds at the Combine.  Both Chekwa and Van Dyke are listed as second-team corners in the Raiders’ most recent depth chart, with Shawntae Spencer and Ron Bartell the starters.  Joselio Hanson recently was added to the team, which apparently triggered the decision to dump Van Dyke.

Van Dyke will now hit the waiver wire, with the Colts continuing to have dibs.

The broader message is that McKenzie must see something in the player the team took in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft, quarterback Terrelle Pryor.  Otherwise, he’d be gone, too.

Then again, who knows what the next move from McKenzie will be?

45 responses to “Raiders pulling plug on 2011 third-round pick

  1. Not a Raider fan by any stretch, but you can clearly see that McKenzie is heading in the right direction with the team.

  2. Wow. This one I’m surprised by. I don’t particularly like this move, but Van Dyke isn’t suited well for the multiple defense the Raiders are installing this year. I still think he should have been given a shot by the new regime. His speed is a major asset still.

  3. What was the benefit of this? He looked like a decent prospect in the preseason and last year, and it’s not like they’re saving any significant amount of cap space?? Why shred your depth at such a shaky position for no reason? I’m already not liking McKenzie’s direction for this team.

  4. lots of well needed house cleaning .let’s hope reggie can right this ship quickly.palmer is one and done if that. maybe we should pull a “colts” and go for #1 pick , barklay, next year. damn you to hell hue jackson. truth is palmer’s last couple of years in cincy weren’t that good. he’s a dropback/pocket passer, trying to make him a rollout/bootleg guy will not work, he’s gonna get mangled outside the pocket.

  5. Theres a new sheriff in town and his name is Reggie Mackenzie!! DVD just cant get it. The make up speed is there, but understanding the routes and being there to make a play, he just never got it. I was pulling for him. Reminds me a lot of Phillip Buchanon.


  6. This is a good move. I just posted that the Hanson pick up was good, because DVD (and the rest of the CB group) simply wasn’t ready to be the 3rd corner on the team.

    You simply have to have that third guy these days that can cover the opposing team’s 3rd receiver and step in if the starting CB’s get injured. DVD just looked like he would never be a well rounded player. You know you do have to still tackle in this league. It is football. His coverage skills may have improved, but he never was going to seal the edge on the run. Every game he in he gets run over and pushed around. The Raiders want well rounded players that have all the aspects to their game. This was never going to happen with DVD. Good luck to the kis, but this was another solid move by Reggie.

  7. I like the move. DVD can’t cover.. No improvement.
    He was a huge reach in the third round.

  8. Apparently, Van Dyke is the Marc Wilson of corners. Great practice player, not so much in games. I thought he was worth keeping around, but McKenzie must not like his attitude.

  9. i really like dvd (especially on madden) he can outrun any receiver in the nfl , he just needs to work on locating the ball when it is incoming, if we dont put him on our practice squad, he will be a nice fit for a team like houston, atlanta, or maybe new orleans

  10. While I will say I’m surprised at this move, I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing.

    DVD is fast, yes, and he was reported to be pretty good in practice. The problem I noticed the most with him (aside from inconsistent coverage skills) was his complete lack of physicality. You could completely tell the kid was not comfortable hitting anyone and was consistently getting pushed around.

    I don’t think that flies with Reggie. Best of luck to DVD though. Now the question becomes whether these guys being brought in will help improve the CB depth. There’s a lot of moves happening with only a week for these guys to get comfortable.

  11. Another example of the end of the scholarship programs in Alameda. DVD (and Chekwa) flashed in practice; disappeared in games. Although Big Reggie is on record of a fondness of players that possess the height/weight/speed characteristics of the Al Davis era, above all else they have to be football players…

  12. Don’t like the move. Not one bit. All reports out of camp said DVD was playing great ball. Struggled some in preseason, but the kid has elite physical tools in terms of speed and agility and length. And Al Davis was always unparalelled at discovering elite CB talent.

    All the Al Davis detractors are acting like Reggie McKenzie is something special and that if he makes a move that erases something Al did it has to be brilliant, or at least indisputably sensible. I say McKenzie is completely unproven and I have my doubts about the guy.

    Hopefully he doesn’t run this org into the ground and waste the solid foundation of young talent that Al Davis left behind.

  13. DVD would’ve been the next Nnamdi. Kid just neeeds to improve his ball skills and add a few more pounds and he’d be an elite CB in the next couple of years.

  14. The Raiders have already said that they are developing Pryor and all they want is him to get a little bit better each day. If his development slows down, Reggie will cut him loose.

    And if he develops into a passer, watch out!

  15. Just another example of how things have changed for the better. The old Coach Davis way. You can’t teach speed. It’s the most important thing. Nothing else is close. The new way. Speed is a factor but the most important thing is can you actually play football. The Al scholarship era is “ovah”….

    The NFL’s version of Chernobyl can’t be cleaned up in one year. It’s going to take RM and co. time to clean up the mess Al left……

  16. People who don’t like these moves have to understand we see these players once a week. The coaches, the GM see these cats on a daily basis. They see the work ethic, the attitude, the commitment, the attention to detail. We don’t have that luxury. During the Seattle game even I saw Van Dyke yuking it up on the sidelines while the Raiders were being literally manhandled by the Seahawks. Yeah, it was preseason and yeah, it was the last show for all but the 22 starters but with a new regime, you have to be smarter than that.

    It’s obvious to anyone that things are alot different now and you would think a player whose there day in and day out would be sensitive to that. And for those comparing Chimdi and Van Dyke to Aso, stop. Aso was a #1 draft pick with a college resume. The other two were no more than role players in their respective programs, so it was incumbent on them to become quick studies and make strides quickly. What killed them, I think were that they weren’t even contributors on special teams. When you are not a starter, that hurts your value alot. They don’t want players just sitting around waiting for a shot.

    As always, just an opinion.

  17. @autumnwind999 You should give Mckenzie time to clean up the mess he was dealt with. When your owner passed away he left that team in a mess. The roster had several overpriced players and players that could run like a deer, but were not very talented football players. DVD was most likely one of those players. I am a Chiefs fan and follow the AFC WEST and I actually think the Raiders will win 8 games and are moving in the right direction. They finally got stability at the top. Someone who wont trade draft picks away at a drop of the hat and someone who will actually let there coaches run the offensive and defensive schemes that they believe in. So I doubt Mckenzie will run them into the ground like you think, they have been grounded for along time and any Raiders fan that cant see that is fooling themselves.

  18. It’s cute how Jokeland fan thinks every move is so solid. Lol. Truth of the matter is your squad is weak. Fans of the 31 other teams realize this, but Jokeland fan is a special brand of ignorant. But alas your delusions will be shattered soon enough.

  19. DVD’s a nice guy and I wish him the best, but he cannot play corner in the NFL. He has no ball skills and no feel for the game. He looks great in practice because he knows his own team’s receivers and knows how each one is going for the ball, but in a real game? Forget it.

  20. Gonna be a difficult season for the Raiders. Al Davis, God bless him but he really messed up the team with bad draft picks and horrible contracts. Reggie McKenzie is doing what needs to be done. Blow it up. Its gonna take a few seasons to right this ship.

  21. Man, McKenzie has definitely kicked ass as the GM. I have yet to question 1 move he’s made so far. Keep up the good work.

  22. Isn’t “pulling the plug” a little harsh of a metaphor for being released?

    The guy can look for another NFL job — he’s not headed six feet under.

  23. I’m so happy the regular season is upon us. It means raider fan’s perennial super bowl run is about over. We all know they’ll start disappearing once the regular season losses start piling up. Then they’ll only show up to fight/shoot people.

  24. I never got why fans out bent out of shape by these moves. The coaching staff and GM see these guys every day in practice. They know when a change is warranted. This is McKenzie’s team now.. a new approach was needed to operate like a modern NFL team.

  25. Back to South Florida for the former U athlete. Miami needs corners, and would surely give him a workout if he does clear waivers.

  26. Just leave Reggie Mac do his thing and quit second guessing a man who knows more about FOOTBALL PLAYER TALENT than you naysayers will know in 3 lifetimes ! He was trained by Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson. I would say that’s impressive. We hated to see him leave GB, but you can’t hold a good man back. Let’s revisit this conversation during the 2014 season. Give him 3 offseasons and a couple drafts.

  27. Reggie making some though but the right moves glad to see him cleaning up the mess in Oakland.

    If they can get in the playoffs this year look out they have a lot of money to spend the next 2 years.

  28. I like the move not only because DVD isn’t very good, but because it signifies the days of making the team on nothing but physical ability are over. DVD is very fast, he’s also frail, unable to locate the football when it’s in the air and a joke when he has to make a tackle. He was drafted by Al even though he was replaced as a starter in College due to poor play. The times are a changing in Oakland and this Raider fan couldn’t be happier.

  29. I am pretty sure this was Allan’s decision … stop giving Reggie all the credit. Like someone posted already …. “Allen has been coaching the secondary since his college days, trust your coach.”
    The sign of a good team … the GM gets the players and the coach has the final say if he can make the team. After all McKenzie cannot be at two places at the same time … watching the Raiders practice … watching the waivers wire … making calls.

  30. spellingcops says: Sep 3, 2012 12:40 PM

    I’m so happy the regular season is upon us. It means raider fan’s perennial super bowl run is about over. We all know they’ll start disappearing once the regular season losses start piling up. Then they’ll only show up to fight/shoot people.
    I’m not going anywhere. Even if the football is bad, it’s great.

  31. “Van Dyke will now hit the waiver wire, with the Colts continuing to have dibs.”

    This is really where Matt Millen hosed the Lions. Having first dibs on all the waived players is a huge advantage. It’s pretty amazing how Mayhew was able to leverage that advantage so quickly and turn the Lions back into a real team.

  32. @Raidernewsflash reported that Dennis Allen did not like DVD attitude.
    Raider News Flash is pretty much right on with everything hell they even broke Vine Younf being released and PFT took that report

  33. this is the first move in the post al davis era that I 100% disagree with…..the more I think about it, (over the weekend) the more it stinks….really coye francis over van dyke????

    23 (and counting) new guys on the team under reggie…….man hue wasn’t kidding when they said they were going to gut this place…….next year writing is already on the wall …it could very well be c-ya seymour, seabass, lechler, condo, and maybe even dhb, mcclain, and dmc

  34. Why do people compare DVD to Nnamdi? DVD barely played at the U his senior season and all he going for him was his speed, thats what Al always looked at first and it became a joke in the NFL and everywhere. Regardless of talent Al would pick the fastes or strongest with a high draft pick. Nnamdi was a safety in college so he needed some time to adjust. DVD was getting burned with good coverage. No more Al Davis scholarships. Reggie is doing a great job.

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