However, isn't as clean with his footwork as he needs to be at this stage. Has a tendency to get overextended into contact with his lower half, loses his balance easily and will struggle to quickly change directions. Now, he exhibits natural fluidity and has the ability to cleanly open and close his hips out of his breaks. However, because he lacks compactness in his footwork, he does struggle at times to quickly change directions and generate a burst for himself when closing on the throw.
Doesn't look real comfortable in space at this stage either. Has a tendency to allow his pad level/base to rise in his drop and struggles to quickly click and close on the football underneath. Possesses good straight-line speed down the field when asked to turn and run and can be rangy in space. But, he does lose half a step out of his transition because of his sloppy footwork and high pad level. Isn't a real physical tackler at this stage either and will struggle to break down and wrap-up on physical receivers one-on-one. More of a drag down guy.
Impression: Will be given a chance because of his natural fluidity and size/speed numbers. But as of now isn't a guy who you can trust on the outside in man coverage at the next level. Needs some time and coaching to clean his technique up, and he looks more like a developmental-type prospect to me with a good amount of upside."
Positive: Physically gifted cornerback who never pulled together a complete game on the college level. Quick-footed in reverse, can flip his hips in transition, and shows a burst of speed. Physical, will mix it up with receivers throughout the route, and aggressively defends the run. Takes on bigger opponents. Gives effort on special teams, specifically on coverage units.
Negative: Struggles making plays with his back to the ball and slow getting his head around to locate the pass in the air. Possesses a thin build. Adequate burst out of his plant.
Analysis: Van Dyke displayed a variety of NFL type skills throughout his college career and performed well for scouts in the postseason. He has the fundamentals to play for a team at the next level. Van Dyke is a developmental prospect with the ability to see action as a rookie."
Negatives: Needs to add some bulk to his frame, is a little thin for his height... Instincts are below average at best, seems to lack consistent focus on the field... Looks a little awkward in the backpedal... Not a great tackler, is too thin to consistently make solid contact, has difficulty shedding blocks... Is incredibly raw at the position... Not a great cover corner at this point, can defend the deep ball, but is out of position far too often... Not great production in college, just three interceptions and 79 tackles in four years."