Eddie Vanderdoes to plug the middle for the Raiders

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie continues to be a smooth cookie when it comes to compiling players for his team. Sticking to his draft board, McKenzie selected Eddie Vanderdoes, a defensive tackle from UCLA.

Raiders drafting Eddie Vanderdoes will help a thin defensive line

While some in Raider Nation might have been confused by McKenzie picking up a defensive tackle so early, many have forgotten that the middle of the defensive line needs help and depth with the departure of Dan Williams. Once again, McKenzie is showing us his genius in taking players some of us had no idea were on his radar.

Having seen Vanderdoes for the first time at the Senior Bowl, Vanderdoes showed himself to be a capable defensive tackle. Likewise, he is sudden and explosive at the point of attack. A five-star recruit coming out of high school, Vanderdoes was on fire his sophomore season before tearing his ACL and missed his junior year because of it. Unable to regain his sophomore form while still recovering from his knee injury during his senior season, Vanderdoes slid down draft boards.

While Vanderdoes was still trying to get back in shape after his injury, with quality strength and conditioning programs, Vanderdoes shouldn’t have any problems getting his weight back down and building muscle in the process.

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