The Dallas Cowboys first round pick, defensive end Taco Charlton is still looking for his first NFL sack. Will the help of a Hall of Famer aid him in that effort?
It’s been a rough start for the Dallas Cowboys 2017 first round selection out of Michigan, defensive end Taco Charlton. Despite the fact the Cowboys have the sixth most sacks in the NFL with a team total of 21.0, Charlton is still looking to get his first.
Taken 28th overall in this year’s draft, Dallas fully admitted that Charlton was a developmental prospect. And despite being drafted in the first round, the Cowboys actually had a second round grade on the 6-5, 270 pound defensive end.
And through to first six games of his rookie season, Charlton has looked more like an undrafted hopeful than a bonafide first round selection. His stats? Six games, four tackles, one pass defended in 147 defensive snaps.
So what did the Cowboys do? They enlisted the help of a Hall of Famer.
Five-time Super Bowl champion and former NFL defensive end Charles Haley has been working with Charlton this week. Haley was the missing piece to the Cowboys championship puzzle back in 1992 when Dallas traded a second and third round pick to the San Francisco 49ers for the dominate pass rusher. Now, America’s Team hopes he can help Taco turn the corner in his development and record his first sack against the Washington Redskins this Sunday.
"“It’s always good to learn from a Hall of Famer,” Charlton told the Star-Telegram. “I’m learning new tricks of the trade. Charles comes in and teaches what he knows and what worked for him.”"
Over a 13-year career, Haley recorded 100.5 total sacks. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl five times, is a member of the Cowboys Ring of Honor and the 49ers Hall of Fame. There is likely no one better suited than Haley to instruct Taco Charlton about becoming an elite pass rusher in the NFL. Let’s see if that extra attention and training pays dividends for Taco in the coming weeks.