2017 Miami Dolphins Draft Prospects: Defensive End Taco Charlton

Robert Molnar
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Continuing our new daily series, we continue to take a look at players the Miami Dolphins may consider selecting at some point during the 2017 NFL Draft. While these players may not all be first round quality, this series will look at players across all the rounds that the Miami Dolphins could select during the draft process.

Moving on from the potential first round selection of linebacker Zach Cunningham, today, we take a look at a player who could also be a first round pick for Miami. Needing to add youth and depth to the defensive line, the Miami Dolphins could look to the famous Michigan route and select Taco Charlton.

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Background

A player that fits into the famous Michigan route taken by the Miami Dolphins, defensive end Taco Charlton would address many of the wants and needs of the Dolphins. The first part is that it would allow owner Stephen Ross to draft a Michigan man while at the same time, giving the Dolphins depth and talent along the defensive line.

Getting his big chance to shine last season as a Senior, Charlton is a player that will need some developing at the NFL level. However, with Cameron Wake locked up for the next two seasons, Charlton will get that chance to develop without being counted on as a playmaker for this Miami Dolphins defense.

Strengths

Possesses a great combination of size, length and athleticism that very few can match. Will be a great pass rusher at the NFL level due to this. Has drag racer reaction times to the snap of the football and has a lot of strength behind him to push offensive linemen down hill. Good flexibility and also possesses a good speed-to-strength combo.

Can get around the corner if he times the snap perfectly. Forward lean when running helps him generate both momentum and power when contacting the ball carrier. Has some solid pass rush moves to build on at the NFL level. His size also gives him a solid shot at turning into a good run-stopping defensive end.

Weakness

Despite his excellent size and athleticism, Taco Charlton doesn’t possess the production to match his ability. Needs to add some muscle in order to succeed at the NFL level. Has only one season of starting under his belt and will need time to become an every down player at the NFL level. Is not someone that has had great success stopping runners for a loss.

Lacks overall toughness and nasty streak to bully his way through the offensive line. Inconsistent speed when rushing the quarterback has created some issues. Has shown balance issues due to leaning and narrowing of his base when trying to break through blocks.

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