Weight: 277 lbs.
Combine 40 Speed/Bench Press: 4.91/25
2016 Numbers: 40 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks
Analysis: The selection of Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys was not a complete surprise. Although I personally preferred Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt, Charlton fills the same basic need.
With players like Watt and Washington cornerback Kevin King still on the board, Dallas decided Charlton was their man. Taco’s tall frame and long arms remind me of troubled defensive end Randy Gregory. While his tape reminds me a bit of DeMarcus Lawrence coming out of Boise State in 2014. Basically, Charlton is a combination of players already on the Cowboys roster.
Regardless, the Cowboys believe defensive end was the better selection here as there were several quality defensive back prospects still available in a very deep class. The same could not necessarily be said for edge rushers.