|Position: defensive end|
Weight 123 kg
|Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland|
Height 1.88 m
|High school: Baltimore (MD) City College|
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101
Current team Dallas Cowboys (#99 / defensive end)
Education University of Oklahoma (2012–2016)
Parents Charles Tapper, Rhonda Tapper
Date of birth: (1993-05-07) May 7, 1993 (age 28)
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Tapper attended Baltimore City College, where he focused on basketball, before starting to play football as a junior, only after his mother asked him to join the team or get a job. He was a two-way player as a senior, finishing with 100 tackles and 5 sacks on defense, while also tallying 10 receptions for 200 yards and 5 touchdowns at tight end.
He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Oklahoma. As a sophomore, he became a starter at defensive end in a 3-4 defense, making 49 tackles (9 for loss), 5.5 sacks and one pass defensed.
The next year he registered 37 tackles (8 for loss), 3 sacks, 2 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. As a senior, he posted 50 tackles (10 for loss), 7 sacks, 3 passes defensed, 4 Forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Tapper was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft, to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense. In training camp he was diagnosed with a pre-existing back condition (pars defect) that had gone unnoticed since birth, which forced him to miss considerable time, including all of the preseason games and the first three weeks of the regular season. He was placed on the injured reserve list on September 28, 2016.