Michigan DE Taco Charlton
- Height: 6’5”
- Weight: 277 pounds
- School: Michigan
- Year: Senior
- Position: Edge Rusher
Where Charlton excels:
Athletically, he checks all the boxes in terms of size. Charlton is a tall and long defender. His height is in the 91st percentile, weight in the 76th percentile and arms in the 74th percentile (all rankings among the 2017 edge class defenders). Charlton looks every bit of what you want coming off the edge.
Charlton uses his hands well enough to combat blockers. He utilizes a plethora of pass rush moves to create penetration of the pocket. He’ll convert speed to power in order to push tackles back, collapsing the pocket. Taco, even with his height, can dip under blockers to get to the quarterback. He is also no slouch in run defense. He does chase down ball carriers and will seal off the edge.
Where Charlton needs improvement:
By far his biggest concern is staying consistent. At times he will show flashes of his potential, while other times you do not see the effort you would expect. A veteran coach like Rod Marinelli would most certainly get it out of him. Ths could be a clear indicator of why Charlton didn’t become more of a focal point until his junior and senior seasons in Ann Arbor.
The 22-year-old will need the benefit of more time in the weight room to help solve his issues against stronger blockers. His technique will also need to be coached up. While he shows adequate hand usage, those skills, as well as his pass rush abilities, need to be honed.
This is a player who could very well see time at both weak side and strong side end, just as he was utilized at Michigan. The Cowboys are in need of versatile bodies for coach Marinelli’s rotations. Due to Charlton’s size, he is likely to be drafted on mid-to-late Day 1. Overall, the Michigan product garners a Day 2 score based on the games reviewed.