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Van Dyke More Than Just Speed Says Jackson

To all those that said the Raiders selected cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke in the third round of the draft only because of his speed, coach Hue Jackson said that’s simply not the case.

Jackson told Sirius NFL Radio, “(He) obviously was the fastest young man at the combine and people believe that’s why we took him. That’s not the reason why we took him. We took him because I sent (cornerbacks coach) Rod Woodson down to the University of Miami to work this young man out. The speed at the combine got our attention, watching video got our attention, but Rod went down and came back and said, ‘Hue, this guy can do it.’ He said, ‘This guy has the hips, he has the feet, he has the wherewithal, and he has the smarts to go cover receivers, and he understands the game.’

“So I’m taking this advice from a Hall of Famer, somebody who has done it in this league at a very high level, who told me without a shadow of a doubt that this young man can get it done. I believe in our coaches and so that is the decision we made. I know people think we made it for other reasons, it just happens that this guy can run in the 4.2s. So it added up for us and we think we’re getting a tremendous player.”

Jackson also said Van Dyke can do more than cover. He said, “The thing I like about him is that he’s feisty. I mean, this guy will stick his body in there. He’s not afraid to tackle. He played on special teams and made numerous plays. I’m very excited about him, what he’ll bring to the table.”

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