Cowboys help their defense, select Taco Charlton

The Dallas defense needed some assistance in the draft, and got some by selecting Michigan edge defender Taco Charlton.

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Cowboys help their defense, select Taco Charlton


  • The Dallas Cowboys selected Taco Charlton with their first-round pick in the NFL draft Thursday.
  • Charlton ranked fifth among draft-eligible edge defenders with a 16.6 pass-rush productivity rating in 2016 (PRP measures pressure created on a per-snap basis with weighting toward sacks).
  • Charlton ranked 18th out of 380 qualified FBS edge defenders in 2015 with a 15.1 PRP.
  • Charlton has nearly evenly split time between left defensive end and right defensive end over the last two seasons, seeing 366 snaps from the left spot and 388 snaps from the right.
  • Charlton cut down his missed tackles from 2015 to 2016, missing four over 510 defensive snaps in 2016 after missing six over just 389 defensive snaps in 2015.

Taco Charlton

  • dallas1966

    Hopefully, Taco, will prove all the naysayers wrong, when the 2017 NFL season starts.

    • Andre Taylor

      Bud most that don’t understand football, scheme fits, player fits, and the impact a player can have in certain packages. The Dallas Cowboys had a specific plan in mind when they selected DE Taco Charlton, coming from a pro-style defense at Michigan and the versatility to play and be productive at several different positions. DC Rod Marinelli has been looking to install the Nascar style defense for some time now. Now he has the players to do so, and much like last year with the selection of RB Ezekiel Elliott, everyone questioned the selection of a RB 4th overall. When everyone thought they should’ve selected CB Jalen Ramsey, or DE Joey Bosa. Stephen Jones and the team had and have a plan in mind. The selection of Charlton was the start of that plan. Dallas signed DT Stephen Paea to start along side DT Maliek Collins inside. With Taco Charlton at one DE spot, with DE’s DeMarcus Lawrence/ and Charles Tapper to battle it out for the other DE spot. Then on 3rd down and obvious passing situations, Charlton and Tapper/Lawrence will shift inside. Then bringing in DE David Irving and DE Benson Mayowa on the outside, rushing the passer with 4 DE’s. With Dallas in the Nickel 70% of the time, teams will have a hard time guessing who is coming and when.