|Placer (CA) Placer defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes|
Weight: 285 lbs.
Position: Defensive tackle
School: Placer (CA) Placer
Notes: Holds offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, California, Colorado, Fresno State, Georgia, Houston, Illinois, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, San Jose State, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, and Washington State . . . Claims a 4.88 forty yard dash . . . Bench presses 305 lbs. . . . Squats 500 lbs. . . . As a junior in 2011, had 65 tackles, 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 safety
Strengths: Very athletic for such a big kid . . . Quick enough and explosive enough to leap over occasional cut blocks . . . Has a well developed swim move . . . Has the ability to get under opposing linemen's pads and bull rush . . . Devastating hitter when he squares up quarterbacks . . . Shows good straight line speed and very good lateral quickness . . . Has length to get separation from opposing linemen . . . Strong in both upper and lower body
Weaknesses: A bit of a freelancer . . . Too many spins and swims will get him washed out of plays against good linemen . . . Needs to strike his opponent with his hands first . . . Needs to improve hand placement and shedding blocks . . . Needs to work on stance, as he telegraphs loops and stunts . . . Plays a little high at times, which goes back to his stance . . . Needs to get up on the line of scrimmage rather than sitting back two or three feet . . . Could improve on feeling blocks and diagnosing plays . . . Hands, hands, hands
Projection: Nose tackle or 3-tech defensive tackle. Vanderdoes is a bull when he wants to be. He could play either defensive tackle position, and with his speed, he could probably even play strongside end in certain packages. Vanderdoes does a little too much freelancing and isn't technical enough right now. He has loads of athletic talent, but he's the type of kid who might take a couple years to adjust to college competition. Sometimes big kids get used to blowing everyone up without using their hands, and then it's not natural for them to do so when they face players who can stonewall them if they're not careful. He seems like a boom-or-bust type of player. He will either take to college coaching and become a monster, or he will fail to develop the technical aspects of his game and get lost in the shuffle.
Reminds me of: Alan Branch