Tapp measured at 6-1/257 at the Senior Bowl, so he's much smaller than Tamba Hali who already has very marginal NFL DE size at 6-2/267.
But everything I've seen from Tapp, I've liked. I'm no expert on him, but he has the makings of a good NFL player. Several sources cited him as the premier edge rusher during the Senior Bowl week.
He'd be a good fit on this team, and because of his going to VT, you know McKay & Co. have him scouted pretty well. I firmly believe that Hali, Tapp, and probably Parys Haralson and Mark Anderson are the sort of ideal DEs the Falcons will be targetting on the 1st day of the draft.
When you look at McKay's history with the draft at the DE position, besides picking up Simeon Rice, he has avoided the "classic" DE profile by going after the 6-5/270 athlete with the 35-inch arms and 38-inch vertical leap.
THe Falcons had Chauncey Davis rated as a 4th rounder, when most "experts" considered him a 7th or undrafted prospect. Why? Because the Falcons loved his motor, his speed in pursuit, and although he didn't have quite the great size or strength, they liked his ability to play with leverage.
In '03, his final draft with the Bucs, they took Dewayne White. A poor prospect in terms of size and speed (6-2/275 with a 4.75 40), but White's production on the college level was outstanding, and when you watched him play you knew he was an elite prospect, although he lacked the Combine numbers to back it up. I might even add Elvis Dumervil to the list of possible Falcon draft picks since he and White are similar (same college, similar production, same "limitations")
Between 1998 and 2002, he took 3 late round prospects that weren't quite classic DE types:
Chance McCarty (1998) - 6-3/250, 4.95 40
Joe Tafoya (2001) - 6-4/269, 4.88 40
John Stamper (2002) - 6-4/265, 4.98 40
So in my mind, any of the smaller guys that show some upside to be able to stop the run, and whether they run a fast 40 time or not, if they play fast on the field, then the Falcons will target them. Guys like Mario Williams, Ray Edwards, Mathias Kiwanuka may not be on our radar screen, if you simply consider McKay's recent history when it comes to DEs.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.