Photo of Eddie Vanderdoes
5.63 ?
  • 4.99 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 28.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.69 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.39 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 305LBS. Weight
  • 10 5/8" Hands


Rated as a five-star recruit from Auburn, California, Vanderdoes started his career with the Bruins like gangbusters. He played all 13 games, starting seven, in his first year at Westwood, garnering honorable mention All-Pac-12 and Freshman All-American honors (39 tackles, 4.5 for loss). Vanderdoes was an honorable mention pick again in 2014, starting 12 times and racking up 50 tackles, 5.5 for loss and two sacks. He was off to a great start as a junior, making eight tackles, two for loss, in the opener but suffered a torn left ACL during the game and had to redshirt. Vanderdoes returned to start 12 times in 2016, earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 recognition for the third time in his career (28 stops, 1.5 behind the line of scrimmage).



His lone 2015 contest (vs. Virginia) showed off his enormous talent. His body type belies his surprising athleticism. Solid functional lateral movement and change of direction. Able to spin out of blocks with quick feet. Gives good chase along backside. Booming power in his hands to tilt rep in his favor after initial punch. Explodes hips into contact to dislodge blockers Has strength and ability to play nose tackle or three-technique. Can two-gap. Gets inside arm under and rag dolls move blocks to challenge cutback lanes. Grows roots against double teams and fights to split them rather than trying to survive. Brings toughness and edge to the workplace. Better rush potential than numbers indicate. Has strength to walk interior linemen back in the pocket.


Missed almost entire 2015 season with torn ACL and he didn't seem to bounce all the way back in 2016. Carries weight poorly in his upper body and especially midsection. Came into season with additional weight. Needs to eliminate 15-20 pounds to play at an optimal level. A little slow in reaction time off snap. Gets behind against move blocks and will often play from backside rather than play-side. Pad level rises after initial stages of rep. Needs to improve conditioning. Has to keep weight down and get full mobility back. Despite his ability, sack production has lagged behind.

Sources Tell Us

"He was a big-time recruit and he really looked the part in 2014 and in the one game he played in 2015. He flashed this year but he just wasn't the same guy. I want to project him as a healthy player but if he keeps playing this heavy we may never see the same player from before even if he is fully healthy." - AFC west coast scout

NFL Comparison

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Bottom Line

Any evaluation of Vanderdoes is incomplete until studying 2014 and the Virginia game of 2015, but balancing that tape against his 2016 body of work will be the challenge. He's athletic and powerful, but his weight and health of his knee could be a concern. He has the talent to become a disruptive, productive starter if his body bounces back to his earlier form. If not, he's still a solid rotational defensive tackle.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.