Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been impressed with rookie defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes, according to Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle.
“Very explosive, great hands,” Carr said of Vanderdoes. “He reminds me a lot of the way (Justin) Tuck can get skinny and shoot a gap. The way he plays with his hands, and if he gets beat the first time, he’s going to counter again. If he gets beat, then he’s going to counter again.”
The Raiders selected Vanderdoes, who played his college football at UCLA, in the third round (88th pick overall) of the NFL Draft back in April.
“His mind never stops. His motor never stops,” added Carr. “That kind of player inside, with Bruce and Khalil (Mack) rushing the outside, it’s going to be a problem (for offenses), it really is. I’m really happy that we have (Vanderdoes) and he didn’t go to another AFC West team.”
The 22-year-old Vanderdoes played all four of his collegiate seasons with the Bruins.
During his senior campaign, he registered 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
His most productive year came during his sophomore season, when Vanderdoes finished with 50 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.
The Auburn, Calif., native will be joining a Raiders defense that could use some help, as Oakland finished just 26th in total defense last season despite winning 12 games and making the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 campaign.
The Raiders will play their first preseason game on Saturday night when they take on the Arizona Cardinals.