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Eddie Vanderdoes | Defensive Tackle

Team: UCLA Bruins
Age / DOB:  () / 1/1/2050
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 310

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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 Aug 4 - 12:39 PM
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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.
Jul 13 - 11:57 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
Jun 1 - 7:40 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