Cowboys fully committed to Taco Charlton on the blindside

Head coach Jason Garrett will give Charlton every chance to start on the right side of the defensive line.

| 3 weeks ago
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Cowboys fully committed to Taco Charlton on the blindside

  • The Cowboys pass rush troubles last year led them to draft some help in this year’s first round. Former Michigan edge defender Taco Charlton had 50 total QB pressures on 238 snaps against the pass, giving him one of the best pass rush productivity percentages in FBS last year.
  • Everyone knows NFL teams want to protect their quarterback’s blindside, so effectively, being able to rush the passer from the defense’s right is a big deal. Last season the Cowboys defensive ends ranked among the lowest in the league when rushing the passer form the right.
  • News from Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is that the Cowboys will give Charlton every chance to start at right end, which is not a surprise, and he may provide a significant boost relative to Dallas’ 2016 production.


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  • James Alipo

    Watt or even Lawson would have been better for the RDE. It’s a shame the Falcons jumped the Cowboys to take Tak That probable messed up the Cowboys whole plans because Charlton doesn’t make any sense for Dallas

    • crosseyedlemon

      Some scouts had Taco Charlton projected as a Cowboy for months preceding the draft so he should be a perfect fit there. Taco isn’t a glamorous pick but he is strong on consistency and that is what Dallas is looking for.

    • Andre Taylor

      Please enlighten me how T.J. Watt, or Takk McKinley, or even injury prone, undersized Carl Lawson would be a better fit than Taco Charlton? If Jerry and Stephen Jones really felt that Takk Mckinley was the War-Daddy they wanted and needed, then you can bet your lifesavings that they would’ve jumped over Pittsburgh and drafted Watt. Mckinley was there and they could have taken him, instead choosing Charlton. Watt, Lawson and Mckinley are all better fits as OLB’s in a 3-4 defense. Where as Charlton is 6ft 6, 275lbs, with the size, speed, and strength to play DE and DT in the Nickel. The Falcons run a different 4-3 defense, with a larger DE on the Strong-Side, with a smaller DE to play the Leo position on the Weak-Side in their 4-3. It is a carbon copy of what the Seahawks run.

  • Jeff

    Taco is the perfect fit for Dallas…Watt is for a 3-4 not a 4-3… Taco is roughly the same weight and height of Greg Hardy. Time will tell but I bet we will see this pick as better than Tak and even soloman Thomas.

    • Andre Taylor

      Taco Charlton will end up being a Michael Bennett type of D-lineman, coming from a pro-style run defense at Michigan Charlton should have little trouble learning the playbook. Already 6ft 6, and 280lbs, Charlton has the frame to add additional muscle mass, without losing any athleticism or quickness, with the ability to rush the passer from the DE position in the base 4-3. Then shift inside along side DT Maliek Collins on 3rd and obvious passing situations. That will be his true value, his ability and versatility will allow him to produce, yet also impacting others.