Last week, the Washington Redskins signed former Philadelphia Eagle and Seattle Seahawk Darryl Tapp. During his seven years in the National Football League, Tapp has dug his hand deep in the dirt in the three-point stance on the line.
However, with the Burgundy and Gold Tapp will convert to linebacker and provide quality depth for one of the best linebacking units in the league that includes Pro Bowlers London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo. Middle linebacker Perry Riley was top-15 in tackles in his first year as a full-time starter and Rob Jackson burst onto the scene after setting career-highs across the board including a key interception in the team’s Week 17 NFC East clinching victory against the Dallas Cowboys.
While he has spent the past three years with one of the Redskins biggest foes, Tapp is ready to play for the team he grew up rooting for.
Tapp was born and raised in Redskins country in Portsmouth, Virginia. After a standout career at Deep Creek High School, he had several options as to where he could play at the next level. Although he had discussions with the University of Virginia and the University of Florida, he ultimately decided to stay close to home and attended Virginia Tech under coaching legend Frank Beamer.
Over the last several decades, Virginia Tech’s success has been built on lockdown defenses. From 2003-2006, the unit’s dominance was headlined by Tapp. His senior season was his best as he was an All-American nomination for a top-15 team that held opponents to 20 points or less in 10 out of 13 contests.
Across the board the 2006 NFL Draft was one of the deepest in league history. While the first round was littered with high-profile prospects, the entire draft features 35 different players that have appeared at the Pro Bowl.
After the Seattle Seahawks selected Tapp with the 53rd overall pick in the draft, the Virginia Tech product made a cross country move to Washington state.
After four years in the Emerald City, Tapp decided to move closer to home and wound up with the Philadelphia Eagles before signing with the Burgundy and Gold.
For his career Tapp has 288 tackles, 24 sacks, nine forced fumbles and two interceptions. 47 of his 288 tackles have come against NFC East teams, and yes for those of you who are wondering 14 of those have come against Washington.
As an admitted lifelong Redskins fan one can only wonder the mixed emotions he might have felt on each take down. No worries for Tapp or the Redskins as he is coming home to the team that he loves.
With four playoff starts and 107 career appearances, Tapp fits in perfectly with an experienced defensive unit that will also featuring the return of Adam Carriker.
Keep and eye on Tapp’s transition to linebacker under defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and his 3-4 scheme during training camp this summer in Richmond. With Fletcher, Kerrigan and Orakpo as mentors for Tapp we have no doubt that his move is in good hands.
Hail to the Redskins and welcome home, Darryl!
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