By Archie Nino III
Welcome to #CowboysNation University of Michigan standout Taco Charlton. Last season the Cowboys had concern at edge rush and selecting the 6'6 277lb prospect gives immediate relief. Alongside other pass rushers in standout from last year, David Irving, DeMarcus Lawrence, and 2016 4th rd draft pick Charles Tapper. The position he will be presumed to play is coming off the RE (right end) which is the premiere pass rush side from a 4 man line.
Taco Charlton has progressively been better each season in college registering 0.0 sacks as a rookie, 3.5 as a sophmore, 5.5 as a junior, and a breakout 9.5 as a senior.
Coach Rod Marinelli excels in the 4-3 defense scheme that will look to put to use Charlton and his versatile skill set. His long limbs will give him some benefits most pass rushers simply don't have. The ability to push an OL with one arm and slide to the pocket is visible on tape with Taco. Where he seems to struggle however, is easily recognizable as he tends to overshoot the QB and has to fight back to try and make a play. Not necessarily the best athlete out of other DEs especially considering who was on the board when DAL selected him but HC Jacon Garrett verbalized how the Cowboys prefer "game speed" to "combine speed."
With the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL Draft coming up soon the Dallas Cowboys have a few more positions to address. The depth at DL is there, but in the NFC East you can never have too many pass rushers/run stoppers. The most glaring postions to look into is DB. Plenty of depth still remains in this draft in the secondary. Kevin King, Quincy Wilson, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Teez Tarbor offer a variety of length, skill set, and drive to keep the Cowboys intrigued. Talk coming from Cowboys camp suggest a DB will be taken in the 2nd or 3rd round. Fingers crossed Cowboys Nation as we inch closer to the start of training camp.