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Eddie Vanderdoes | Defensive Tackle

Team: UCLA Bruins
Age / DOB:  (22) / 10/13/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 325

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Raiders selected UCLA DT Eddie Vanderdoes with the No. 88 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Vanderdoes (6’3/305) arrived at UCLA as the nation’s No. 1 defensive line recruit, yet battled repeated knee, foot, and weight problems, managing 12.5 career tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Vanderdoes ballooned north of 350 pounds at times before dropping weight during the pre-draft phase. Nonetheless physically gifted, Vanderdoes tested as a top-four athlete among defensive linemen at February’s Combine. While Vanderdoes has always been long on potential, he hasn’t realized it since high school. He could become a plus starter or fall out of the league before his rookie contract is up. Apr 28 - 10:48 PM

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A west coast AFC scout questioned UCLA DL Eddie Vanderdoes weight.

At the Combine, Vanderdoes checked in at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds. The scout in question believes that "if he keeps playing this heavy we may never see the same player from before even if he is fully healthy." Vanderdoes missed the vast bulk of the 2015 season after tearing his ACL. He returned in 2016 to log 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks. For context's sake, he registered 50 tackles (5.5 for loss) and two sacks during a healthy 2014 campaign. Pro Football Focus has comped him to Ravens DL Timmy Jernigan.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 8:37 PM

Pro Football Focus compared UCLA DL Eddie Vanderdoes to Baltimore Ravens DL Timmy Jernigan.

"Vanderdoes can line up at multiple spots on the defensive line," notes the PFF analysis team, "and his size, build, production and playing style are similar to Jernigan." The outlet refers to him as a "wild card in this draft class" due to his injury history. Included in that history, a torn ACL which sidelined him for almost the entirety of the 2015 season. In his return from that severe knee injury this past season, Vanderdoes recorded 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks over the course of 11 games played.
Mar 16 - 9:31 PM

The Dallas Cowboys met with UCLA DL Eddie Vanderdoes, Illinois LB Carroll Phillips and Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis last week.

The interest in Vanderdoes appeared to be especially acute. Dallas chatted him up on the field following Thursday’s practice in Mobile, but they also, according to Lorin Cox of Bears Wire, had a long interview with him later that night. Vanderdoes struggled with injuries throughout his career. Those injuries may wind up making him a bargain if he drops to the middle-rounds.
Source: Draftwire
Jan 30 - 3:59 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline says UCLA DL Eddie Vanderdoes "exceeded [expectations] in every way" at Senior Bowl practices.

"He beat blockers off the snap with his great first step, bull-rushed them off the line with surprising power and also showed terrific hand technique to keep opponents away from him," Pauline wrote. "More than anything else, Vanderdoes outplayed and outhustled everyone he lined up against." The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder plays a power game and was far better against the run than pass in college.
Jan 26 - 1:34 PM

UCLA DL Eddie Vanderdoes accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Vanderdoes returned from a torn ACL that cost him most of the 2015 campaign to start all 12 games for the Bruins in 2016. Constantly double-teamed, he posted 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder isn't a great athlete, but he plays a strong power game in clogging up the middle.
Jan 19 - 12:23 PM

UCLA redshirt junior DL Eddie Vanderdoes announced he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

An NFL scout recently told the LA Times Vanderdoes is "more of a run player than a pass rusher, but he’s kind of sneaky. He knows how to slip off guys." Vanderdoes follows in the footsteps of former teammate Kenny Clark, who was selected in the first round by the Packers. Vanderdoes missed the entire 2015 season due to a torn ACL. UCLA will lose a good amount of talent to the NFL.
Source: LA Times
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 10:09:00 AM

UCLA redshirt junior DL Eddie Vanderdoes (knee) said he's been "pretty much 100 percent for two months."

Vanderdoes believes he'll start the opener at Texas A&M on Sept. 3. He suffered a torn ACL in the second quarter of last season's opener against Virginia and missed the rest of the campaign. "I was in shock. I had no clue. They told me I had totally torn my ACL and meniscus," he said. "I honestly wanted to get a second opinion ... I felt like I could have played the rest of the season." At that time, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound was seen as a first-round candidate. "I don’t even think about the NFL right now," he said. "What’s the point? I’ve got to play college football first. I’ve got to show my knee injury isn’t an issue. I need to do the things that are going to get me there, which is help my football team win."
Source: ESPN
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 06:02:00 PM

UCLA junior DL Eddie Vanderdoes announced he will return to campus in 2016.

Vanderdoes suffered a torn ACL in early September against Virginia and missed the remainder of the season. He had compiled 87 tackles (10 for a loss) across his first two seasons on campus. ESPN's Travis Haney says he's the No. 50 returning player in all of college football. "The 6-foot-3, 305-pound space-eater, who also moonlights as a blocker on offense, recently announced he will return to school," he wrote. "That’s a boost for a defense already losing NFL-bound tackle Kenny Clark and several other defenders."
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 09:46:00 AM

UCLA junior DL Eddie Vanderdoes will miss the remainder of the 2015 season due to a torn ACL suffered against Virginia.

Vanderdoes knew something was wrong with his knee during the game but not the severity, so he returned to action and continued to play until the third quarter. Many considered Vanderdoes and Kenny Clark one of the best defensive line duos in the country. Watch to see if UCLA's run defense takes a step back without Vanderdoes, as that is his best trait. The junior could redshirt this season and return in 2016.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 11:16:00 PM

UCLA junior DT Eddie Vanderdoes suffered a knee injury in Saturday's 34-16 victory over Virginia.

Vanderdoes’ knee "locked up on him" early in the game, according to UCLA HC Jim Mora, but he didn't leave until collapsing in third quarter after helping up NT Kenny Clark. The Bruins sent Vanderdoes for an examination Sunday. They are awaiting results. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Vanderdoes logged 50 tackles, 5.5 TFL and two sacks last year to earn honorable mention Pac-12 honors.
Source: LA Times
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 08:58:00 PM

UCLA junior DT Eddie Vanderdoes is "better at stuffing the run than attacking quarterbacks" but "often arrives with a thud as a tackler," observes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

It's best to view Vanderhoes and DT Kenny Clark as unmovable objects who eat up blockers to allow UCLA's LBs, now led by Myles Jack, to make plays. That's not to say either is one-dimensional, however. "Vanderdoes has just average initial burst off the ball, though he does show some lateral agility to elude blockers as well as the vision and spatial awareness to 'feel' blockers around him," Rang wrote. "He's powerful; incorporating a strong slap to knock would-be blockers away and the leg drive to simply walk opposing blockers into the pocket." The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder posted 50 tackles, 5.5 TFL and two sacks last year to earn honorable mention Pac-12 accolades for the second straight season. Rang thinks he could stand to improve conditioning and lose some gut fat, which he posits may be causing the prospect to play a little high. "He's not yet as polished as Clark but Vanderdoes' powerful game will also attract plenty of attention from scouts looking for a tw
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 12:39:00 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranks UCLA junior DT DT Eddie Vanderdoes as the 14th-best defensive tackle in the country.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder didn't miss a game last season, logging 50 tackles, 5.5 TFL and two sacks. He also rushed for a touchdown against Utah. "Vanderdoes has teamed with Kenny Clark to give the Bruins an exceptional pair of tackles to lead the defensive front," Brown wrote. "A five-star recruit out of high school, Vanderdoes initially signed with Notre Dame, but he changed his mind and ended up at UCLA, where he's made an impact since day one in 2013." Vanderoes may ultimately be slightly underrated by the public, as his primary job in UCLA's defense is keeping ILB Myles Jack clean by making life hell on interior offensive lineman.
Mon, Jul 13, 2015 11:57:00 PM

UCLA junior DT DT Eddie Vanderdoes will be "an early draft pick eventually -- whether that's next year or the following year is anyone's guess," believes ESPN's Kyle Bonagura.

"The main thing for Vanderdoes is health," Bonagura wrote. "When healthy, he's shown he can be a force up front, but there's a sense his checkered injury history has somewhat slowed his development." The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder didn't miss a game last season, a nice first step in proving his reliability to evaluators. He'll be tasked with keeping blockers off of ILB Myles Jack this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Jun 1, 2015 07:40:00 PM

Freshman DT Eddie Vanderdoes, who initially signed with Notre Dame, has been ruled eligible for UCLA this season, according to Rick Kimbrel.

Vanderdoes changed his mind prior to even playing with Notre Dame, drawing some negative responses. Notre Dame did not initially release Vanderdoes from his letter of intent, therefore he would have to sit out a season if he indeed did transfer. Vanderdoes went to the NCAA to appeal the decision, and after the first appeal was denied, the second reportedly passed.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 08:43:00 AM