Scout's Eye: Early Scouting Report on Cowboys' Pick Taco Charlton

The following is an in-depth scouting report on Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton, who was drafted by the Cowboys with the 28th overall pick Thursday night.

  • Long rangy body. Can get up field then redirect back inside. Upper body strength to extend on the blocker. Can hold his man in place.
  • Times where he plays with violence. Will chase the ball to the outside.
  • Struggled with his awareness on the trap block. Almost like it caught him by surprise.
  • Moves well laterally. Gets caught too far up field on his rush. There are snaps where he misses on the depth of quarterback then has to fight to adjust back. Taken down on the low block.
  • Like to see him play a little better handling those blocks around his legs. Like to see him get rid of the blocker quicker.
  • Will fight the double team. Can hold his own. Spin move on pass rush. Should develop more moves. Has the upper body strength to push blocker back with one arm. Plays with impressive upper body power.
  • Lined up as a nose in the three man line and was able to get push. Like to see him develop a burst to really get around the corner.
  • Will struggle to win one-on-one. Not bad thou when you put him on the move. Can make things happen on the twist. Effort is good but needs to finish.
  • Very steady but doesn't make those "Wow" plays. Very good comparison by Dane Brugler of CBS Sports/DallasCowboys.com of Justin Tuck formally of the New York Giants. Might be a little bit of a late bloomer.
  • Had very tough coaching at Michigan so should be able to thrive in this environment. 
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