Taco Charlton, Defensive End
When you are the first round pick of the Dallas Cowboys, there are a lot of expectations instantly placed on your shoulders. Especially when the player the Cowboys passed on draft you, Pittsburgh’s T.J. Watt, posts two sacks in his debut. This is the case for rookie pass rusher Taco Charlton.
After a rather bland debut in the Hall of Fame game, Charlton was reportedly feeling the pressure to produce this week. And he did. The 28rh overall pick recorded three total tackles, a tackle for loss, a quarterback hit and the first sack of his young NFL career.
With one sack now under his belt, hopeful Taco can relax and begin to develop into the pass rusher Dallas eventually wants him to be. We have to remember that Charlton was selected at the end of the first round, essentially making him a second rounder. In fact, Dallas had a second round grade on Taco coming out of Michigan.
So, the Cowboys knew going in that Charlton was a bit of a developmental project. But fans and media members alike aren’t know for their patience. So while Taco’s first sack will quiet the negative rumbles for a time, fair or not, Charlton will be expected to produce early.