Vikings Sign Former 3rd Round Pick DeMarcus Van Dyke

Cornerback is an area of concern for the Vikings headed into the offseason, and it appears the team is already taking steps to address that particular need.

Per Yahoo!, the Vikings have signed former Raiders and Steelers CB DeMarcus Van Dyke.

It’s not exactly an official confirmation but Van Dyke does have this going on his Twitter.

Update: The team has now confirmed signing Van Dyke to a futures deal.

A third round draft pick by the Raiders out of Miami in 2011, Van Dyke struggled to get on the field his rookie season and wound up being cut right before the start of 2012.

Van Dyke spent 2012 with the Steelers and was waived by Pittsburgh with an injury settlement in 2013. The Chiefs added him to their practice squad in 2013 and he was back with the team in camp in 2014. He was placed on IR after camp and left with an injury settlement.

The Vikings worked him out during the season but did not sign him.

Van Dyke has blazing speed as you would expect from someone who was drafted by the Raiders. He ran a 4.25 40 at the combine in 2011. He also has decent size at 6-1.

Without doubt, Van Dyke has some interesting physical tools. If he can stay healthy, perhaps the Vikings have found someone they can develop. Mike Zimmer is always on the lookout for projects.

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