DT Eddie Vanderdoes (Photo by Steve Cheng)

The Oakland Raiders selected defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft

Raiders add reinforcements to defensive line in third round

The Oakland Raiders continued to bolster their defense in the third round by drafted defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes with the 88th overall pick. 

Vanderdoes was a five-star recruit out of Auburn, Calif. who made a big impact in his first year with the UCLA Bruins. He played in all 13 games (seven starts), garnering All-Pac-12 and Freshman All-American honors with 39 tackles (4.5 for a loss). 

The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder tore his ACL in the season opener in 2015 and had to redshirt. He returned the next year to start 12 times in 2016, earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 for the third time in his career. He finished the season with 28 tackles, and just 1.5 behind the line of scrimmage.

Vanderdoes has the build and athleticism to be a complete defensive tackle in the league. He's powerful, but his weight and health could be a concern after his torn ACL. If he's healthy, he has potential to be great value for the Raiders in the third round, but will certainly be a solid rotational defensive tackle on running downs in the least. 

The Raiders are done for the day barring any trades, and will be back on the clock for their fourth-round pick with the 129th overall pick. Round four starts Saturday at 9am PST. 


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