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Charles Tapper | Defensive End

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 255

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NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes 3-4 NFL teams will value Oklahoma senior edge rusher Charles Tapper's "strength to hold the point and shorten the pocket with a bull rush as a five-technique defensive end."
"Tapper was named first-team All-Big 12 as a sophomore in 2013, but only managed honorable mention accolades last season due to a drop in productivity," Reuter wrote. "Though he is neither explosive nor overly flexible as a pass rusher, Tapper's game isn't really about racking up sacks." The 6-foot-4, 281-pounds Tapper recorded 37 total tackles, 7.5 TFL and three sacks for the Sooners last year, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors. Jul 31 - 1:41 PM

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ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Oklahoma senior edge rusher Charles Tapper as the No. 4 senior defensive end prospect in the land.

"You don't have to worry much about him holding the edge, with his strong frame, and while Tapper hasn't loaded up with sacks, he's not really set loose in that role," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-4, 281-pounds Tapper recorded 37 total tackles, 7.5 TFL and three sacks for the Sooners last year, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors.
Jul 20 - 10:31 PM

Oklahoma junior EDGE Charles Tapper "has NFL-level skills as a strongside defensive end prospect," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Tapper is asked to play mostly contain for the Sooners and offers little creativity as a pass rusher with average coordination and limited closing burst. He won't make much of an impact on the statsheet (three sacks in 2014), but he has NFL-level skills as a strongside defensive end prospect," Brugler wrote. The Oklahoma prospect started all 13 games, posting 37 total tackles, with 7.5 tackles for loss and three sacks for the Sooners. Tapper earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from conference's coaches in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
May 26 - 3:21 PM

Oklahoma junior EDGE Charles Tapper will return to school for the 2015 season.'s Charles Davis recently commented Tapper should return to school. He joins teammate Eric Striker in this decision. Oklahoma has a lot of talent up front and almost all of it could return for on final run.
Jan 2 - 11:47 AM's Charles Davis advises Oklahoma junior DE Charles Tapper to return to school.

"Tapper is still young in terms of his football career given his basketball background," Davis wrote. "He continues to improve, although his numbers dipped a bit this season, and another year in school certainly won't hurt him. Sooners defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery is highly respected and another year under his tutelage would no doubt enhance Tapper in the eyes of evaluators." Tapper has NFL talent, obviously, but his stock could undoubtedly use another year of maturation, as Round 1 isn't in the cards this spring.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 04:11:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Oklahoma will deploy a strong defense in 2014.

Weidl notes the Sooners are returning talent at all three levels of the defense. Up front, they will likely be led by defensive End Charles Tapper. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips will also help let back seven defenders run free.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 03:06:00 PM

Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl notes that Oklahoma junior DE Charles Tapper is "heavy handed with strong point-of-attack skills."

"Studying the Sooners on Defense today. DE Charles Tapper has flashed early on. Heavy handed with strong point-of-attack skills," Weidl tweeted. Tapper had a breakout sophomore season for the Sooners, recording 49 tackles and 5.5 sacks. If Tapper can put together another solid season, and show more consistency when finishing, it could greatly improve his stock amongst evaluators.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 08:53:00 PM

After improving as a sophomore, NFL scouts will be watching to see if Oklahoma junior DE Charles Tapper can push his game to the next level in 2014, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Tapper took to a five-technique defensive end role as well as could have been expected last year when the Sooners transitioned to a 3-4 scheme, improving his play week-by-week. Scouts will "watch closely" to see if the progression continues. "He uses his length well at the point of attack to get push off the snap with his upper body strength," Brugler wrote. "Tapper has ordinary athleticism and coordination with limited rush moves and pass rush arsenal, playing mostly contain and locking down the edges of the pocket. He doesn't have much closing burst and needs to be a more consistent finisher, but he has the motor and effort you want with the play speed to find the ballcarrier."
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Jun 6, 2014 09:20:00 PM

Oklahoma sophomore DE Charles Tapper was ejected from Thursday's game against Baylor for throwing a punch.

And in so doing became the first Sooner of the night to put up a fight. Thursday night's blowout rendered Oklahoma confused and frustrated.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 11:07:00 PM

Oklahoma assistant head coach Bobby Jack Wright stated that neither one of their freshman DEs, Charles Tapper or Mike Onuoha, will be asked to redshirt.

The Sooners lost two impact players in Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis to the NFL, and will likely replace them with seniors R.J. Washington and David King. However, both of Oklahoma's lines depth have been hurt this offseason, and it may come to a point where these two freshmen will be forced into action. Neither was a top-rated recruit, but both possess reliable frames.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 11:42:00 AM