DeMarcus Van Dyke

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DeMarcus Van Dyke
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At a game in Denver in September, 2011.
Free agent
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-01-17) January 17, 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami Gardens (FL) Monsignor Pace
College: Miami (FL)
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 81
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Free Agent
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 17
Sacks: 0
Forced Fumbles: 0
Interceptions: 1
Stats at

DeMarcus Van Dyke (born January 17, 1989) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 3rd round, 81st overall of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Miami Hurricanes. He has also been a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs (practice squad).

Early years[edit]

Van Dyke attended Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens, Florida, where he was a two-sport star in both football and track. He played high school football on both sides of the ball for coach Joe Zaccheo. As a defensive back in his junior season, Van Dyke had 12 passes broken up, four interceptions and returned two kickoffs and four punts for touchdowns. He also played as a wide receiver very little his junior year, but still managed to recorded eight receptions for 197 yards. In his senior season in 2006, he recorded 56 tackles and seven interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), while also playing wide receiver on offense a lot more and caught 21 passes for 417 yards. He only had 12 total kick returns since teams often chose to kick away from him.

Also a standout track & field athlete at Monsignor, Van Dyke was one of the state's top sprinters. He posted a career-best time of 21.31 seconds in the 200-meter dash at the 2007 FHSAA 2A Region 4, while also anchoring the 4x100 meter relay team to victory with a time of 41.47 seconds.[1] At the 2007 FHSAA 1A Outdoor State Finals, he anchored the 4x100 relay team that claimed the state title with a school-record time of 40.78 seconds. He also placed second in the 200-meter race (21.46 s) behind Deonte Thompson.[2]


Van Dyke was ranked as the No. 16 athlete and the No. 21 player in the state of Florida by He was rated the No. 15 cornerback and the No. 7 player in the state by He was ranked as the No. 15 player in state by The Orlando Sentinel and the No. 25 player by The St. Petersburg Times. He was a member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100. He was also rated as the No. 11 player in the state and the No. 12 defensive back in the nation by SuperPrep.

College career[edit]

Van Dyke was a dual-sport athlete at the University of Miami (football and track). During his collegiate career at Miami, Van Dyke played in 51 games with 21 starts, totalling 80 tackles (including three for loss), 10 passes defended and three interceptions.


As a freshman in 2007, Van Dyke started eight of 12 games at either left or right cornerback and tallied 14 tackles. He started at right cornerback in his first collegiate game and saw action on 41 plays, making three tackles (two solo) against Marshall. He started at left cornerback and made two solo tackles at Oklahoma. He started at left cornerback and made one solo tackle against Texas A&M. He made three tackles (two solo) in a win at FSU. He started at right cornerback and made two solo tackles. He started at right cornerback against NC State and made two solo tackles. At Virginia Tech, he started at left cornerback and made one solo tackle. At Boston College, he started at left cornerback and made one solo tackle.


As a sophomore in 2008, Van Dyke changed his jersey number from 30 to 8. He played in all 13 games and made two starts (at NC State and vs. Cal) at right cornerback. He recorded 16 tackles (11 solo, five assisted) and had a pass breakup. He made three tackles at Duke. He also had a pair tackles against Virginia Tech and at NC State. He tallied a career-high five tackles, all solo, against Cal in the Emerald Bowl.

In track & field, Van Dyke ran a season-best time in the 100 metres in the prelims of the ACC Championships with a time of 10.70 seconds. His season-best time in the 200 metres also came in the ACC Championships with a prelim time of 21.54 seconds. He was a member of the 4x100 meter relay team that ran a season-best time of 40.67 seconds for a second-place finish at the Georgia Tech Invitational. Also a member of the 4x100 relay that placed sixth at the ACC Championships with a time of 40.75 seconds. Indoors, his personal-best time of 6.81 seconds in the 60 metres came at the ACC Championships in the prelims, but placed eighth in the finals with a time of 6.91 seconds.


As a junior in 2009, Van Dyke played in 12 games and started eight at the cornerback position. He recorded his first career interception with the 'Canes trailing in the fourth quarter at Wake Forest. He tallied four tackles in back-to-back weeks versus Clemson and at Wake Forest. He set a career-high in total tackles (6) and solo stops (5) against Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl. He also had three pass break-ups on the year. He recorded a tackle for a loss in back-to-back games at UCF and versus Clemson.

In track & field, Van Dyke ran a 6.47 in his only attempt in the 55-meter hurdles at the Tom Jones Invitational.


As a senior in 2010, Van Dyke played in 13 games, starting three. He spent time at left cornerback and in the nickel package. He had a season-high four solo stops at Clemson. He had two tackles at Ohio State. He tallied a single solo tackle against FAMU, FSU, North Carolina and at Georgia Tech. He posted 10 assisted stops on the season, including three at Duke. He had one tackle for a loss of two yards against North Carolina. He forced and recovered a fumble at Clemson. He picked off two passes on the season, including one at Pittsburgh that he returned for 74 yards. He also recorded five pass break-ups.

In track & field, Van Dyke's season-best effort in the 100-meter dash came in the prelims of the ACC Championships with a career-best time of 10.61 seconds. He ran the second leg of the 4x100 meter relay team that advanced to the NCAA semifinals, ran a season-best time of 39.57 seconds at the NCAA quarterfinals (setting a school record) and placed fifth at the Penn Relays with a time of 40.35 seconds. Indoors, his season-best effort in the 60-meter dash came in the prelims of the National Open at 6.84 seconds, in the final he finished fourth in 6.87 seconds. He ran the anchor leg of the 4x400 meter relay team that finished with a time of 3:15.49 at the Tyson Invitational.

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Van Dyke ran a 4.28-second 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, which tied for the fourth-fastest time (which has since become the fifth-fastest) at the combine since electronic timing began in 1999.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 176 lb 31 38 in 9 in 4.25 s 1.47 s 2.50 s 4.09 s 6.97 s 33 12 in 10 ft 1 in 5 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[3]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Van Dyke was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 3rd round 81st overall of the 2011 NFL draft. As a rookie, he was used sparingly, contributing 10 tackles and one interception[4] on a porous defense which ended the season 29th among 32 teams in points allowed.[5] Earned All rookie mid season team

Van Dyke was released on September 3, 2012.[6]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Van Dyke was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 7, 2012. On August 25, 2013, he was waived/injured by the Steelers.[7] On August 27, 2013, he cleared waivers and was placed on the Steelers' injured reserve list. On August 31, 2013, he was waived with an injury settlement.[8]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On January 12, 2014, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Van Dyke.[9] He was released on August 3, 2014.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On January 8, 2015, the Minnesota Vikings signed Van Dyke to a future contract. He was released during roster cuts on August 30, 2015.


Van Dyke's cousin, David is a cornerback that played collegiately for Tennessee State.[10] They were teammates on the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2014 offseason.[11][12] He volunteered with the Reading Partners program at Oakland’s Brookfield Elementary in October 2011. He also spent time volunteering with the Hometown Huddle at Garfield Elementary of Oakland in October 2011.


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