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UCLA Football: DT Eddie Vanderdoes Declares for NFL Draft

The redshirt junior announced his departure via Twitter on Monday evening.

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Eddie Vanderdoes is leaving the Bruins to play on Sundays.
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UCLA redshirt junior defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes announced on Twitter Monday night that he’d be forgoing his final year of NCAA eligibility to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft:

Vanderdoes’s departure was expected, as the defensive tackle had been projected as a first round draft pick in the NFL even before the 2016 season began. Vanderdoes redshirted the 2015 season after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Virginia.

With Takkarist McKinley and Eli Ankou graduating and Vanderdoes’s early deparure, the Bruin defense will now have to replace three starters on the line.

Best of luck, Eddie!