The Dallas Cowboys knew that they needed defensive help going into the 2017 NFL draft, it’s no surprise that this is where the team spent the majority of their time and research.
With edge rusher and cornerback being the two biggest question marks on this football team, the Cowboys wasted no time grabbing both in this past April’s NFL draft. They used their first selection (28th overall) on Michigan’s edge rusher Taco Charlton. Following that pick, the Cowboys moved their attention towards the cornerback position, grabbing one in each of the next two rounds, three cornerbacks overall in the entire draft.
Per 247 Sports, the Cowboys fan base wasn’t too thrilled with selection of Charlton, many wanted another edge rusher with that first-round selection. With that said, the Cowboys seem to have a star in the making if you look at his size and statistics from his senior year. Charlton is 6-foot-6 and 273 pounds, he also had 9.5 sacks during his final season at Michigan in 2016. Not only did he have the stats with sacks, he also registered 40 tackles, 13.5 of them for a loss, all while grabbing First-Team All-Big Ten honors as a senior during that 2016 season.
The addition of Charlton doesn’t just have him as an impact player, he could help another edge rusher finally reach his potential. With Charlton likely to man the right side of the defensive line, it would allow DeMarcus Lawrence to move back to the left side where he seems to be more comfortable at.
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Bleacher Report thinks that the Cowboys will be the team’s most dangerous player in 2016 of all the new weapons. This includes 2016 draft picks Jaylon Smith and Charles Tapper, along with the trio of cornerbacks this team brought in during this draft in Chidobe Awuzie, Joudan Lewis, and Marquez White.
If this is true, the Cowboys might be ready to reach stardom earlier than some felt they might. With this offense already at the championship caliber mode, the defense is the side that needs to step up. With all the young and fresh faces on that side of the ball, some feel it might take a year or two to get there. Charlton having a huge year can help that time frame move up to 2017, a good pass rush will make an average secondary good, if that pass rush is elite, the secondary could become great.
There are plenty of things to look forward to in Dallas these days and the defensive side of the ball is one of them!