Taco Charlton was positioned high in the draft – he was the 28th overall pick, to be more precise. Dallas Cowboys selected this young man and expected a lot from him. However, he either hasn’t been ready to compete with the big dogs, or he didn’t fit the system, and so far, he showed very little. Initially, the Cowboys seemed like a perfect place for the rookies to develop under team’s defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, but that has not been the case with Charlton.
Nobody expects players to shine in their first NFL season as it was the case with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott last year, but Charlton has been invisible on the field. In three games, he recorded three tackles and no sacks, which raises the question whether Charlton is a bust, or he still needs time to get used to the league.
Dallas is forced to make changes on the defensive end since Stephen Paea retired suddenly. Luckily for the team from Texas, David Irving returned after the suspension, and together with DeMarcus Lawrence and Maliek Collins, the Cowboys’ pass rush seems legit. Meanwhile, Tyrone Crawford has never been a tremendous pass rusher, but he is also an integral part of Dallas’ defense.
Each of these players should have a role, so, for example, Collins, Irving, and Crawford could disrupt the opposing teams in the middle, whereas Lawrence is dangerous at the right defensive end. As for Taco Charlton, he needs to engage in more one-on-one duels on the outside, and perhaps we can see his numbers increase.
Charlton, the first-round pick is likely not going to meet the high expectations. However, he should get a chance, especially since Paea is not with the team anymore. Hopefully, he could make an impact on the Cowboys, and we just need to be patient.