Draft Profile: Taco Charlton, DE Michigan

By: Steve Johnson

Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

6’6″ 277, 34 1/4″ arms, 9 3/4″ hands

4.94 40, 33″ vert, 116″ broad jump

Stats/Accolades/History:

2013: 2 games. 2 tackles, 0.5 TFL

2014: 9 games. 19 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks,

2015: 11 games. 30 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 1 FF

2016: 11 games. 40 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 10 sacks, 2 PD

Misc. Stats

Accolades: 2016 first-team All-Big Ten

Injuries: Missed 2 games in 2016 due to an ankle injury.

History: Actual first name is Vidauntae. High school first-team All-Ohio selection, came to Michigan with Jake Butt.

Strengths: Ideal size for a NFL pass rusher. Speed to power pass rusher. Can really push the pocket. Very good athlete, very fluid. Uses his long arm and hands to rip. Can set the edge against the run. Played well in big games. Height and length can disrupt passing lanes.

Weaknesses: Not an elite athlete. Can be too slow getting off the lines at times. Slow to react, needs to work on his eyes. Would need to add bulk if used as a 5 technique. Only a one year starter.

Overview: A long speed to power pass rusher, that might be better suited as an end in an odd front. Doesn’t have elite athleticism, would need to add bulk if drafted by a team that would use him that way. He never really wowed me, might need a couple years to develop.

Draft Projection: Late 1st Round Pick

Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.0