The Redskins signed free agent defensive end/linebacker Darryl Tapp late last week.
Tapp was originally selected in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, and was later traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010. He appeared in 13 games for the Eagles last season, registering 17 tackles in 257 snaps as a backup.
Over his career, he has appeared in 103 games with 35 starts, amassing 24 sacks, 18 passes defensed, nine fumbles forced, eight fumbles recovered and two interceptions.
Listed at 6 foot 1 and 255 pounds, Tapp’s acquisition was likely made to bolster the Redskins depth at outside linebacker. Brian Orakpo missed 14 games last season due to a torn pectoral muscle, and Rob Jackson has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 NFL season.
Tapp played college football locally, at Virginia Tech, from 2002-05. He as a dynamic pass rusher as a member of the Hokies, recording 187 tackles (38 for loss) and 23.5 sacks in his collegiate career.
The signing represents yet another acquisition of a young, low-cost, low-risk, “big upside” player by Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan. Tapp’s second round selection indicates the physical talent and ability are there, but for various reasons, he has not been able to translate that into a successful stint with one team.
Tapp’s lack of “NFL success” is likely a result of being a bit of a “‘tweener,” in that he’s too small to be a full time defensive end, but too big and not fast enough to play outside linebacker, especially in a 4-3 defense. However, he has a chance to make a solid if not significant contribution to the Redskins if used solely as a situational pass rusher. Tapp’s pedigree from Virginia Tech, a school known for it’s dedication and success on special teams, likely allows him to contribute on that side of the field for the Redskins as well.