Cowboys DE Charles Tapper Declares Himself Ready For 2017

One of the few negatives from the Dallas Cowboys’ 2016 draft class was defensive end Charles Tapper, who never got to play due to back problems. After sitting out the season, Tapper shared some encouraging news through his Twitter account this morning:

Dallas has plenty of questions about their defensive line for 2017. Terrell McClain is a free agent and DeMarcus Lawrence just had another back surgery, though he should be fine by the start of the new season. Randy Gregory is currently looking at a one-year suspension for repeated marijuana use, although another appeal may be pending.

Having missed so much developmental work during his rookie year, it would be unwise to rely too much on Charles Tapper next year. However, his debut will help to offset the loss of Gregory and give Rod Marinelli another rotation piece. Anything he does beyond that will be gravy.

Whatever the future holds for Charles Tapper and the Cowboys, today was at least some positive news about an exciting prospect. If he and linebacker Jaylon Smith can become as productive next year as their fellow draft classmates were in 2016, we could be looking at the greatest draft in franchise history.