Rookie DT Eddie Vanderdoes Keeping Pace With Khalil Mack As A Pass Rusher?

He’s only two games into his NFL career, but it looks like third-round pick Eddie Vanderdoes is going to be a keeper in Oakland.

Already the highest-graded interior lineman on the Raiders (74.8) according to Pro Football Focus, Vanderdoes has been particularly impressive as a pass rusher.

His five quarterback pressures are actually more than Bruce Irvin (3) and just behind Khalil Mack (8). Even more impressive is the fact that Vanderdoes has played only 33 pass rush snaps. Mack (67) and Irvin (60) have been on the field for about twice as many passing plays – albeit not always being used to rush the quarterback.

It’s a rare combination of strength and agility that Vanderoes has unleashed on the league – and he’s not just running over cupcakes. By now you’ve seen the video but below is Titans All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin being steamrolled by the Raiders rookie.

With film like that, there’s no need to break down and analyze, but you’re going to get it anyway…

Dude is a beast.

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photo credit: Las Vegas Review-Journal


2 thoughts on “Rookie DT Eddie Vanderdoes Keeping Pace With Khalil Mack As A Pass Rusher?

  1. Vanderdoes looks like a real threat on the interior . I’m a bit more impressed with his run defense than his pass rushing . He’s strength and agility but he’s still raw . His go to move is a quick spin but as he is only a rookie , he sometimes spins the wrong way . Once he develops a few more rushing tactics though , he’s going to be a game wrecker .

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