Eddie Vanderdoes was the third UCLA player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft, but the former 5-star recruit is generating a lot of buzz at Raiders training camp.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Vic Tafur, star quarterback Derek Carr told reporters Wednesday that the rookie defensive lineman is “very explosive, has great hands. Reminds me of how Justin Tuck used to shoot the gap.”
Vanderdoes was marred by a torn ACL in his left knee in 2015 and weight gain during his time in school. Once 340 pounds, Vanderdoes is down to 305 and has looked more explosive in now two years removed from the injury.
While he dropped to the third-round in the draft, he’s been flashing the first-round talent that made him so highly regarded coming out of high school.
“He’s a hell of a player,” defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., via ESPN. “He’s really strong, has good hands. He is going to make some noise this year.”
Vanderdoes has been getting first-team reps against Oakland’s offensive line, one of the strongest fronts in the entire league. With his early production, the Raiders are already banking on a strong rookie season from the Bruin.