Breaking Down DT Jihad Ward and DT Charles Tapper

Jihad Ward – DT – Illinois Size – 6051v – 296v – 5.20 (est) Strong Points – Great size and length, has the frame to get to 310+. Plays the run well versus 1 on 1 blocks. Can get a push as a pass rusher. Consistent ability to compete. Weak Points – Very raw, has inconsistent use of hands. Not consistently quick to find the ball. Can struggle versus double team blocks. Not do much as a pass rusher. Summation – A junior college transfer who has been a two year starter for Illinois. Has the size and length teams want but is raw and is still a work in progress. Can be a bit slow to locate the ball and shows inconsistent ability to shed blocks. Struggles versus double team blocks. Will most likely need a year on the practice squad but he has upside. His best bet is if he is drafted by a 3 -4 team where he can play the 5 technique. Charles Tapper – DT – Oklahoma Size – 6026v – 276v – 4.90 (Est.) Strong Points – Productive. Good inside Pass rusher (10 sacks the last 2 years). Has very good instincts, is quick to find the ball. Plays bigger than measures because of his strength and use of hands. Can play in a 2-gap or single gap defense. Good range, very consistent tackler. Long arms (34 1/8). Weak Points – Marginal size, doubt he can get much bigger than 290. Summation – Fourth year senior and a three year starter. Is undersized at 6026 but he has long arms and good strength and explosion. Plays bigger than he measures. He is tough and competitive and plays hard every down. Quick off the ball and knows how to use his hands and play with leverage. Shows he can two gap. Plays the run and pass equally well and will chase the ball in pursuit. Will be best as a 3-technique in a 4 man form but can play in a 3 man front if he gets a little bigger. Should play as a rotational player as a rookie and will become a starter.  Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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