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Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

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HT WT HANDS ARMS WING SPAN 40 TIME
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Pros:

Good size.
He has very long arms.
Is able to engage, and disengage very easily.
Had a very strong 2015 season.
Gets inside hands, is able to bull rush.
Has an arsenal of pass rushing moves.
Flashed a beautiful spin move in the 2015 games I watched.
Good motor.
He has good strength.
Good hand usage.

Cons:

Mostly played contain at OU.
Wasn’t asked to pin ears back and rush that often.
Doesn’t have a fast get off.
First step is slow.
Not overly athletic.
Closing speed isn’t special.

Bottom Line: Charles Tapper will make a team very happy at the next level. His perfect fit is as a 7-tech on the strong side. He isn’t the most athletic guy, but he has a good motor, and has a wide variety of pass rush moves. He mostly played a contain role at OU, which isn’t much fun to scout, but he showed some good traits. He won’t be a guy who’s going to put up a bunch of sacks, but will be able to control the line of scrimmage and redirect ball carriers. He is consistently able to push blockers into the backfield. His motor is solid as well. When he is actually asked to pin his ears back, he’s an average pass rusher. He’s more of a technician than a physical freak. He relies on pass rush moves and good hand usage to get to the QB. I see him as a top 100 prospect.
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by 34yearsnow » Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:43 am

Tapper can play Base-End or inside as 3-Tech.

He was great as a Sophomore, fair as a Junior, and very good as a Senior.

Played the 4-tech in Oklahoma's scheme.

He's a leader, and is well respected by teammates.
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by 34yearsnow » Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:19 am

Height: 6026
Weight: 276......about 10-pounds lighter than listed weight
Hand: 10 1/2
Arm: 34 1/8
Wingspan: 81 5/8
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by 34yearsnow » Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:20 am

Scouts have also told me to keep an eye on Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper, who also flashed with some quickness in the pass rush drills. At 6-3, 276 he has the type of build that Rod Marinelli covets at that spot.
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by RAIDERRED » Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:24 pm

Yes sir. Been seeing that in his game since last year...
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by RAIDERRED » Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:16 am

Strong Points –

Productive. Good inside Pass rusher (10 sacks the last 2 years). Has very good instincts, is quick to find the ball. Plays bigger than measures because of his strength and use of hands. Can play in a 2-gap or single gap defense. Good range, very consistent tackler. Long arms (34 1/8).

Weak Points –

Marginal size, doubt he can get much bigger than 290.

Summation –

Fourth year senior and a three year starter. Is undersized at 6026 but he has long arms and good strength and explosion. Plays bigger than he measures. He is tough and competitive and plays hard every down. Quick off the ball and knows how to use his hands and play with leverage. Shows he can two gap. Plays the run and pass equally well and will chase the ball in pursuit. Will be best as a 3-technique in a 4 man form but can play in a 3 man front if he gets a little bigger. Should play as a rotational player as a rookie and will become a starter.
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by 34yearsnow » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:28 pm

He's tough and plays with a physical demeanor. He's not afraid to mix it up. Works to carry out his assignment. Will give chase in pursuit. He has a sickle cell trait, which forced him out of the West Virginia game due to exhaustion. That will need to be monitored.

Has the measureables and point-of-attack skills to fit as a 5-technique with a base 34 front. Also fits as a LDE in a 43 scheme. Has the capabilities to reduce inside to 3-technique in pass rushing situations within a 43 front.

Not a dynamic rusher and won't win many battles with pure speed and quickness. Converts speed to power well. Does a good job of generating power from the ground up and getting adequate push on defenders. Appears to have good length and heavy hands. Still developing as a hand fighter, but he flashes an effective swim move.
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by RAIDERRED » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:31 am

Oklahoma DE Charles Tapper turned heads with a 4.59 40-yard dash to lead all defensive linemen. He had a strong all-around 2015 season grading at +12.8 as a pass rusher and +10.5 against the run, good for a 23rd-overall ranking in the deep draft class of interior defensive linemen.
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by 34yearsnow » Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:13 am

The combine can be the opportunity for some mid- and late-round players to command teams to take notice and give them more consideration if they have great workouts. The player who took advantage of that chance was Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper. The 6-foot-2, 271-pounder had a shocking 40 time of 4.59 seconds, officially. That is a tremendous time for a circa-270-pound defensive lineman. Tapper followed it up by performing well in the field drills. The combine could send a real jolt into Tapper's draft stock.
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by 34yearsnow » Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:49 am

It's hard to imagine Tapper, who projected as an early Day 3 pick heading into the combine, helping his cause more than he did this weekend. It started with the weigh-in, where he came in at a shade over 6-foot-2½ and 271 pounds. He has long arms (a little more than 34 inches) and big hands (11½ inches) for his frame and the position. His 23 reps on the bench were below the five-year combine average for defensive ends by about one rep, but that's a good number considering his length. Tapper then posted the fastest 40 time (4.59) out of all the defensive linemen, in addition to recording respectable broad (9 feet 11 inches) and vertical jumps (34 inches). He didn't show great fluidity during position drills, but he looked explosive and moved well enough to consider him a potential 3-4 OLB candidate.
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by RAIDERRED » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:03 am

Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper weighed in at 271 pounds, which would “project” to a 40-yard time of 4.94. Tapper, though, ran the 40 in a blistering 4.59 seconds. That’s not quite Jadeveon Clowney (266, 4.53), but it’s comparable to what Bud Dupree (269, 4.56) did last year. Tapper ran the top weight-adjusted 40-yard dash time of 2016, with Todd Gurley’s former running back mate, Keith Marshall, the runner up.
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by 34yearsnow » Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:22 am

As a run defender, he holds his ground well, especially with his long arms…doesn’t allow OL to get inside his pads to move him…agile enough to drop on fire zone or zone blitz and get into a passing lane.... he’s an athlete, a big athlete …remember seeing him run down an Alabama ball carrier 30 or 40 yards down the field in 2014 Sugar Bowl
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by 34yearsnow » Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:28 am

Converts speed to power well.....Does a good job of generating power from the ground up and getting adequate push on defenders.......Appears to have good length and heavy hands.......Still developing as a hand fighter, but he flashes an effective swim move.........Plays against a lot of spread offenses with mobile quarterbacks and is often asked to use a controlled rush......Stout with good skills at the point of attack......Uses his quality core strength to eat up space as a 5-technique within the defensive scheme....... Is able to shed blocks in a timely manner with his powerful upper body......Has adequate lateral agility and shows good range when working down the line of scrimmage......Instincts are still developing.....Has the measureables and point-of-attack skills to fit as a 5-technique with a base 34 front......Also fits as a LDE in a 43 scheme......Has the capabilities to reduce inside to 3-technique in pass rushing situations within a 43 front.....
He's tough and plays with a physical demeanor......He's not afraid to mix it up......Works to carry out his assignment.....Will give chase in pursuit.
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by 34yearsnow » Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:43 pm

The arrow is pointing up for Tapper, who had a career-high seven sacks in 2015 and turned heads with his performance at the combine (4.59 40-yard dash, 6-foot-2, 271 pounds). He converts speed to power well, and he flashes the ability to win with his hands rushing the passer. He also has the length, size and strength to set the edge against the run.
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Re: Charles Tapper, DL Oklahoma

Post by 34yearsnow » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:44 pm

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 (nine tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks in 2013; 7.5 and three in 2014.) He bounced back in his last tour of Norman, helping the Sooners compete for a national title with another first-team all-conference effort (50 tackles, 10 for loss, seven sacks). The Sports Illustrated honorable mention All-American has a strong all-around game that the NFL will appreciate.
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