Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Taco Charlton

Taco Charlton, Michigan
6-6, 277
Charlton was a rare four year player that was high profile during his college career. He was a special teams player as a freshman, and collected just two tackles.
He became a rotational player as a sophomore, and finished with 19 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, and 3.5 sacks. He also added three QB hurries that season.
As a junior, Charlton really picked up steam, as he finished with 30 tackles, 8.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks, and three QB hurries.
He finished with his best season as a senior, when he totaled 42 tackles, 13.5 TFLs, 10.5 sacks, twp PBUs, and eight QB hurries.
He finished as a first team All-Big 10 player as a senior.
The Good
CPure combo sized player with seriously decent athletic traits.
Rock solid lower body power.
Has room to add to his frame on the next level.
Explodes off of the snap and can get by the first layer of blocks cleanly.
Solid body control, and can get push against big tackles.
If he gets an early lead on the edge, he is gone.
Can fight off blocks and move on.
Already has a pro spin move.
Has the ability to cut down a back trying to pop outside, and is solid in pursuit.
Is just coming into his own and has room to grow.
Very coachable.
The Bad
He has yet to have that explosive season in college.
He is getting a high grade based on athletic ability and potential, not on production.
Does not give it on every play, and takes a few off.
Still very raw, has some things to learn.
Never started full time until his final year.
Still on the thinner side. Needs some bulk on his frame to be fully effective.
Can be redirected on his rushes.
Needs some nastiness in his game.
Footwork is all over the place.
Does not always play with enough quickness.
Gets caught leaning.
Final Overview
The pieces are there for Charlton, he just needs to put it all together. He needs some consistency, and hopefully, can learn some as a pro from veterans and coaches alike. Charlton is still a very raw, but very talented athlete who seems to be on the way up, and someone will pay a first round pick to get his services.

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