Last night the Raiders addressed their defense with the selections of safety Obi Melifonwu and defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes from UCLA. But the pick of Vanderdoes seemed to garner far less enthusiasm than the other picks the Raiders have made.
CB Gareon Conley and Melifonwu have been highly productive over their careers, but Vanderdoes has struggled with injury. He seems more of a project pick at this juncture. Of course that's perfectly in line with what Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is known to do.
Many previous picks have come with questionable production, such as Mario Edwards Jr., Stacy McGee and Jihad Ward. McKenzie is willing to take a guy with high upside and develop him. Eddie Vanderdoes has that in spades.
A five star recruit, Vanderdoes has as much potential as anyone in this draft. His impressive performance at the Senior Bowl gave a glimpse into what he can be. But with his checkered injury history, can he be trusted to produce for the Raiders?