The Dallas Cowboys need to affect the quarterback in order to be successful, but they did not address their biggest need with a pass-rushing end in their first three picks. By taking Charles Tapper at No. 101, the Cowboys hope they have found immediate help.
My take: Perhaps the Cowboys received the message: They need pass-rush help. Like third-round pick Maliek Collins, Tapper has what Rod Marinelli wants in a defensive end -- speed.
He ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash at the combine, which is incredible considering his 271-pound frame. Tapper had 15.5 sacks in his career at Oklahoma. He needs some work but he has the traits to be successful. He was a first-team All-Big 12 pick last season.
The Cowboys will miss Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence for the first four games due to suspension, so Tapper will have a chance to earn significant playing time right away.