The Dallas Cowboys selected Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper with their fourth round (No. 101 overall) selection on Saturday. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6-foot-3, 271 pounds
Rankings: Scout.com ranks Tapper as the No. 89 overall player on the board, and the No. 14 defensive end on the board.
The skinny: Tapper became a three-year starter at Oklahoma, finishing with 138 total tackles (68 solo), with 15.5 sacks and 26 1/2 tackles for loss. He also forced two fumbles and broke up six passes. Tapper was a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and earned honorable mention All-America honors last year. Tapper came out of high school in Maryland where he was considered one of the Top 200 players in the country.
What Cowboys are getting: Believe it or not, some scouts are comparing Tapper to Cowboys defensive end Jack Crawford. Plus, Tapper put up one of the best 40 times at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.59, so he has documented straight-line speed. Tapper earned points from scouts due to his ability to stop the run, but there are questions about his technique, which isn't unusual when you get into Day 3 of the NFL Draft. The two areas scouts seem to be worried about is Tapper's pad level — which equates to leverage and momentum — and use of his hands while grappling with offensive tackles.
CowboysHQ.com Grade: C+
Postins’ Take: He's certainly a project, but he fits the third-day profile of the type of players the Cowboys like to take in that he's a player from a Power 5 conference who received quality coaching and put up solid numbers. The fact that he was a three-year starter at OU tells me that the staff had trust in him and that he took to coaching. He'll need to do the same in Dallas. His overall speed is going to be helpful, and when you come into the NFL with speed as your best asset the key to progress is learning and applying technique in game action. He'll have a great tutor in Rod Marinelli. It would be a huge leap to expect Tapper to be a starter in 2016, even if both Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence are suspended for the first four games of 2016. But if he worked his way into the rotation, that would be ideal. But the Cowboys have plenty of competition for those spots, considering the investment the Cowboys have made in rotational ends the past couple of years.
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