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Charles Tapper | Defensive End

Team: Oklahoma Sooners
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 271

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An NFL scout told Bleacher Report that Oklahoma DE Charles Tapper was the best pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Per the scout, Tapper fell because he has the sickle cell trait. The condition doesn't effect Tapper much and may only hinder him in high altitudes, something to keep an eye on if Dallas ever travels to Denver down the road. The 6-foot-4, 271-pound Tapper is a tooled-up athlete whose 40-yard dash of 4.59 seconds paced all defensive linemen at the Combine, where he finished with the highest SPARQ score. There's big upside here. May 1 - 1:22 PM

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Cowboys selected Oklahoma DE Charles Tapper with the No. 101 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Tapper (6'3/271) made 38 career starts for the Sooners, tallying 26.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles. He was named first-team All-Big 12 as a senior. Tapper blazed a sensational 4.59 forty in Indy, posting the Combine's top SPARQ score among defensive linemen. Built enormously with 34 3/8-inch arms and silly-big 11 1/2-inch hands, Tapper has experience at multiple defensive line positions and can win with both speed and power. Tapper needs to play with better pad level, but his upside is immense as Michael Bennett kind of prospect.
Apr 30 - 12:25 PM

Rivals analysts Adam Gorney and Mike Farrell noted that Oklahoma edge rusher Charles Tapper "looked good at the Senior Bowl and his combine performance will only help him get drafted faster."

"That should absolutely move Tapper up the draft board for teams looking for physical and super quick defensive ends," the team of analysts wrote. The "that" in question here would be the 4.59 seconds it took him to destroy the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes the 6-foot-4, 271-pounder could have moved his grade up almost a full round thanks to his strong combine showing. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein has tabbed him as a potential late-round selection, so at the very least we'll probably hear his name called on Day 3. A Day 2 selection might not be out of the question at this juncture, though.
Source: rivals.com
Mar 8 - 11:43 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline says Oklahoma edge rusher Charles Tapper’s draft grade "improve[d] almost a full round" after his tremendous Combine performance.

The 6-foot-4, 271-pounder's 40-yard dash time of 4.59 seconds paced all defensive linemen and beat a host of receivers. "Tapper translated that speed into position drills as he looked incredibly athletic in everything he did," Pauline wrote. "Fluid moving in every direction, Tapper was quick-footed during the bag drills and showed great balance. Later, he was effortless when participating in linebacker drills." After taking in that performance, CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that Tapper "may possess the wheels to handle a conversion to outside linebacker."
Feb 29 - 4:19 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang noted that with his 40-yard dash time of 4.59 seconds, Oklahoma edge rusher Charles Tapper "may possess the wheels to handle a conversion to outside linebacker."

"Asked to play all over the defensive line for the Sooners and often take on multiple blockers," Rang wrote, "Tapper rarely had opportunities to show off his remarkable straight-line speed." The 6-foot-4, 271-pounder paced all defensive linemen with his 40-yard dash time, though, providing Rang with a window to speculate on a potential position shift. Based on his 2015 tape, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein sees Tapper as a potential late-round selection.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 28 - 4:55 PM

Oklahoma senior edge rusher Charles Tapper will attend the Senior Bowl.

This three-year starter and three-time All-Big 12 performer is already up to a career-high six sacks with three forced fumbles this year. Back in July, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter wrote that 3-4 NFL teams would value Tapper's "strength to hold the point and shorten the pocket with a bull rush as a five-technique defensive end." The 6-foot-4, 281-pounds Tapper recorded 37 total tackles, 7.5 TFL and three sacks for the Sooners last year.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 06:11:00 PM

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.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 01:41:00 PM

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.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 10:31:00 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
Tue, May 26, 2015 03:21:00 PM

Oklahoma junior EDGE Charles Tapper will return to school for the 2015 season.

NFL.com'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.
Fri, Jan 2, 2015 11:47:00 AM

NFL.com'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.
Source: NFL.com
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