To my Bruin family, After long discussions with my family, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is in my best interest to forgo my last year of eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. I would like to thank everyone affiliated with UCLA Athletics, the UCLA football program, and UCLA Academics for allowing me to progress where I am at today. It’s been a honor to represent this University both on and off the field. Thank you to each and everyone of my teammates and my outstanding coaching staff that has helped me and will continue to help make my dream of pursuing a NFL career possible. ONCE A BRUIN ALWAYS A BRUIN!
Redshirt junior Eddie Vanderdoes officially traded his final year of eligibility at UCLA for a chance at the NFL on Monday, announcing on social media that he would be entering the NFL Draft this spring.
Vanderdoes was honored as a senior prior to UCLA’s last home game of the season this year and was carried off the field after his final practice, as is the UCLA tradition for seniors.
In replacing Kenny Clark, who declared for the NFL Draft early last year, Vanderdoes had 29 tackles this season with 1.5 sacks while starting all 12 games for the Bruins. His 29 tackles were a career-low for him in a season, except for 2014 when he played only one game before tearing his ACL. Continue reading