Charles Tapper, Defensive End
From roster bubble to recording a sack in his NFL debut, it’s been a long, weird road for defensive end Charles Tapper. The Oklahoma product was selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, one pick before quarterback Dak Prescott.
A freak athlete for a player with a 6-foot-2, 270 pound frame, Tapper was essentially chosen by Dallas due to his physical traits. But the discovery of a chronic back condition, pars defect, sidelined the former Sooner for his entire rookie season.
This offseason, Tapper looked lost falling behind new pass rushers like first round rookie Taco Charlton and the newly signed DaMontre Moore on the depth chart. Suddenly, the second-year defender was a possible roster bubble candidate. But suspensions being served by Moore and defensive end David Irving assured a spot on the roster for the former fourth rounder, at least until their return.
But Tapper’s performance on Sunday night against the Giants might have earned himself a spot on the roster regardless. If the 24-year old can build on his debut outing, there’s no reason to think Charles Tapper can not be a long term member of the Dallas Cowboys pass rush rotation.