When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Taco Charlton with the 28th pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the club addressed a position of need while staying true to their board, picking up a top-quality edge rusher. Despite starting only 15 of the 46 games he played at Michigan, Charlton has shown flashes of his big play potential and his ability to get to the quarterback. The long, lean, hard-working rushman should compete immediately for a starting role in Rod Marinelli’s defense and continue to improve.
- Started all 11 games as a senior, earned All-Big Ten first-team honors and led the team with 9.5 sacks while adding a career-best 43 tackles, 13 for losses and two breakups.
- Notched a sack in seven of his final 10 games, including in each of the final four.
- Missed two games with an ankle injury.
- Had a career-best nine tackles at Ohio State), with three for losses and 2.5 sacks.
- Led the team with two tackles behind the line with one sack and a breakup against Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
- Played in 13 games with three starts as a junior, finishing the season with 30 tackles, 8.5 for losses, 5.5 sacks, three hurries and a forced fumble.
- Forced his first career fumble in the game against Oregon State, then had a season-best five tackles, one for a loss, at Indiana.
- Logged a personal-best three stops for losses with two sacks at Penn State.
- Started one of the 12 games he played as a sophomore and recorded 19 tackles, 5.5 for losses, 3.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries.
- Notched his first career sack against Appalachian State (8/30), then started his first career game at Rutgers.
- Played in 10 games as a true freshman and finished with two tackles and a half for a loss.
- Vidauntae “Taco” Charlton was a four-year letterman at Central High School in Pickerington, Ohio, playing both sides of the ball as a senior and compiled 116 tackles, 24 for losses and 19 sacks on defense.
- Also lettered for Central High’s basketball team.
- Earned a degree in sports management from Michigan.
- 2017 Rookie Club presented by United Healthcare.
- 2017 Cowboys U High School Camp.