Darryl Tapp Brings NFL Pedigree To Virginia Tech

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Darryl Tapp, Virginia Tech
Darryl Tapp spent 12 seasons in the NFL. (Jon Fleming)

Darryl Tapp’s arrival means that Hokie fans are welcoming back another LPD star to the coaching staff. With the way the defensive staff looks to be shaking out, I think it’s likely Tapp will be asked to focus on technique and film breakdowns when he’s in the ‘burg, and to focus on Tidewater recruiting when he’s on the road. We’re all pretty familiar with how the Keeper of The Pail fared when he played at Tech, though I doubt his career in the NFL is as well-known.

In 2006, the Seahawks drafted Tapp hoping his high-motor game would help ease out their current ends, who included once-heralded Nebraska star Grant Winstrom. Seattle ran an attacking 4-3 that fit Tapp’s talents, and like all NFL schemes it entailed a transition for Tapp. He would more often be a force player, and a much greater emphasis was placed on winning matchups than on scheme fits. Sacks were king, and worrying about the option was unheard of.

While he was there the former Hokie became a personal project for d-line coach Dwayne Board, a Rocky Mount, VA native. Gifted rusher Julian Peterson was also brought on that year, giving Tapp several good examples to watch. In 2007, Tapp started sixteen games across from former UVA star Patrick Kerney, but his performance didn’t meet expectations, and Seattle drafted another