Tapp Agrees To Terms as Training Camp Looms

Second-round rookie DE Darryl Tapp has agreed to terms with the Seahawks as training camp gets set to begin.

The Seahawks announced today that their second-round pick (63rd overall), Virginia DE Darryl Tapp, has agreed to terms on a contract just in time for training camp. Tapp is expected to be a solid contributor as the third option at DE this season with the likelihood of eventually becoming a starter. Seventh-round selection WR Ben Obomanu and fourth-round OL Rob Sims signed their deals this morning. Previous draft signings are fifth-round FB David Kirtman and seventh-round P Ryan Plackemeier.

The one remaining rookie to sign is first-round CB Kelly Jennings, who now becomes the primary focus as the first full day of training camp begins on Friday, July 28th.

The Seahawks couldn’t have been happier to find a player with Tapp’s ability available late in the second round. Tapp is a high-energy, super-strong playmaker off the edge whose only drawback is that he lacks ideal height at 6'1". As a senior at Virginia Tech, Tapp was named 1st Team All-ACC and was a 1st Team All-American. He’s got a motor that never stops and could be one of the steals of the 2006 NFL Draft.

The nice thing for Tapp is he won’t be expected to come in and start right away. He will sit behind two veterans (Fisher and Wistrom) and learn, only coming in on passing downs and to rotate in when the need arises. With 10 sacks in his senior year as the preface, Tapp’s speed off the edge and his ability to close on the passer make him a player that will definitely see the field on a regular basis this fall.

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