The name of defensive end Darryl Tapp of Virginia Tech has been on the lips of many Redskins observers when they look forward to April's draft and it's easy to figure out why. He's a player in a position of need who should be on the board when the Redskins have their first selection, which won't come until the second round (58th overall pick).
His smallish size and quickness prompted some teams such as the Patriots talk to him about converting to linebacker, but the general feeling is that he could be a good pass-rushing defensive end due to his technique and tenacity.
To say that our Scout.com experts who observed Tapp at the Senior Bowl practices in January were impressed would be quite the understatement. Here is their summary of his week of practice:
Easily the most relentless player in Mobile. Tapp was wound tight and ready to explode off the line on every single play. At times he was wound a little too tight as he jumped offside multiple times every day. Came in the week having to prove his size was not a hindrance. It was not. His explosion off the edge was impressive, his pad level allowed him to push around bigger lineman, and his pass rush moves were multiple. Now a coaching staff will just learn how to harness all that talent and not let it run unabated.
(to read their entire week of practice evaluations on Tapp, go here and scroll down to his box)
Our Denis Savage caught up with Tapp and talked to him about the Senior Bowl week and his preparations for the draft. You can listen to the interview by clicking on the link below.