Taco Charlton, Defensive End, Michigan Wolverines
40-Yard Dash: 4.92
Bench Press (225 lbs): 25
Vertical Jump: 116
3-Cone Drill: 7.17
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.39
Has size, length and athleticism teams look for in rushers. Has shown improvements with his hand usage year after year. Freak athleticism traits flash on the field. Flashes outstanding instincts and reaction time.
Has enough strength to get offensive linemen off balance right away. Has good pop on contact when converting speed to power. Can turn the edge decently. Has a lean on his rushes.
Can change direction on a dime. Has two pass rush moves that are really good and effective.
Inconsistency is maddening. Production and tape doesn’t always matchup. A fair amount of his sacks were coverage sacks. Needs to hit the weight room. Lacks an anchor to set the edge. Struggles against power blockers.
Needs to use his length better to help against blockers. Plays nice. Lacks versatility and is stuck as a 4-3 defensive end. Don’t want him inside, as a 3-4 5-tech or as a rush linebacker.
Slow play speed. Unwilling to engage blockers at times. Technique is sloppy. Over leans on his rushes making it easy to guide him to the ground.
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Taco Charlton is a freak athlete with a lot of tools to work with, but he needs a lot of refinement and coaching to improve his pass rush and run defense. He often showed a lack of effort when taking on the run, which won’t fly at the NFL level.
His inconsistencies will drive coaches mad and they won’t tolerate it. He has a ridiculously high ceiling and can be a top-3 pass rusher from this class, but he also has a low floor and could be out of the NFL within five years due to all of his issues.
Fit With The Broncos
The Denver Broncos run a 3-4 one-gap attacking scheme on defense and Charlton just doesn’t fit what they do. He would need a lot of time in the weight room to get to the point he could play 5-tech, and would need a lot of coaching to be able to be a rush linebacker.
He is a tweener in a 3-4 front and is best suited with his hand in the dirt in a 4-3 scheme. Just hard to see him on Denver’s radar.
Draft Grade: Mid Round 3
Where He Goes: Round 2
Insider's Take: Per source, the inconsistencies of Charlton’s game are mind boggling to scouts I have talked with. Someone so gifted athletically shouldn’t be so inconsistent.
However, he had a hard time taking to coaching to improve him and has raised concerns about his desire to actually play football, with some feeling he wants a quick, big pay day and then he'll behave as if he is set and protect himself and his body.
Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.