The 2017 season hasn’t gone as well as rookie Taco Charlton would have hoped.
Going into the 2017 NFL draft, many fans wanted the team to take Wisconsin pass rusher, TJ Watt. Not only did he have success in college, but he was the younger brother of JJ Watt just down the roads in Houston.
That didn’t happen of course, and the fans left the draft with a bad taste in their mouths. It didn’t help to see Charlton struggle to start the year, and Watt to have instant success in Pittsburgh with the Steelers. Don’t look now, but it appears that Charlton seems to be getting the hang of playing defensive end in the NFL.
To start the year, Charlton had zero sacks in the first seven games, including only five tackles in that span. Over the last five games, the former Michigan standout has had eight tackles and two sacks. One of those sacks came this past Thursday as he was able to get the strip sack of Kirk Cousins.
The Michigan rookie may have played his best game as a pro on Thursday night!
Against the Redskins, Charlton proved that he is getting it on defense and the stage isn’t too big for him. The fact that he got that kind of play in a must win game, proved that he can be an impact player. Maybe, just maybe, Taco is the player the Cowboys had hoped for when they took him in the first-round in this past April’s draft (28th overall).
Don’t overreact to a player’s rookie season. Especially someone like Charlton who we knew might be a project for Rod Marinelli and this defensive coaching staff.
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) December 4, 2017
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 1, 2017
It wasn’t long ago that we all thought DeMarcus Lawrence was a dud and should be gone from this team. How do you feel about him now? Lawrence went sack-less during the regular season of his rookie season. He followed that up with an eight-sack sophomore year, but was back to a disappointment last year with just one sack in nine games. He now leads the league with 13.5 sacks in his fourth year, and about to get a nice pay day for his play in 2017.
By no means are we talking about how Charlton is that elite talent along the offensive line. He is still a long way from being just the impact player that you want out of a first-round pick. However, he is showing that he is improving weekly and is making the right adjustments to play defensive end.
Will Charlton have an impact to close out this year? How many tacos will he serve in the final four games, or has he sold out of tacos for his rookie season?