Taco Charlton- Defensive End – Michigan
DOB – November 7th, 1994
Height – 6’6″
Weight – 277 lbs
The metrics jump out at you. @TheSupremeTaco (his Twitter handle) has length, power and a nose for the sack (9.5 sacks in 2016). Taco uses his long arms (34 1/4″) and strong hands to get a good punch on defenders as he works to the QB. He has more than one technique to bring on game day. Works a bull rush with a nice rip and has a spin move that a guy of his size isn’t supposed to be able to do. It’s raw, but he’s obviously able to work the skill into his game.
He does not have an Elite first step. “Potential” has been the buzzword for Charlton from day one at Michigan and it raises an eyebrow that it took till his senior year to get his groove on. Intensity lacking at times. Needs to get stronger. One year of superior production. That’s an issue.
Work. That is how Charlton gets to the QB. Lacking that elite first step he uses persistence, power and focus to get his sacks. Those worried about that lack of quick twitch should look at Texans DE J.J. Watt who gets to the QB the same way, effort and focus. The ceiling on Taco is pretty high as his technique is still fairly raw and he is still growing. As he adds NFL strength and gets superior coaching his game should flourish. Some guys “get it” later than others. Charlton’s senior year will get teams excited.