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2017 Draft Scout Profile: DE Taco Charlton


DE Taco Charlton, Michigan

Size:6-foot-6, 277 pounds

2016 stats: 40 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, two passes defensed

Career stats:91 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 19 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble

Combine stats:4.92-second 40-yard dash, 25 bench press reps, 116-inch broad jump, 33-inch vertical jump, 4.39-second 20-yard shuttle

Background:The Michigan product is an imposing physical presence. He has great length and athleticism, and he put it all together for a great senior season with the Wolverines. Charlton played a vital role for a Michigan team that had the best defense in the country, and Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh will certainly lean on his brother Jim to get a sense for what Charlton is like behind the scenes. The biggest concern with Charlton is that he didn't have great production until his final college season, but that may also be an indication that he's a player on the rise. For what it's worth, Charlton said at the combine that he would love to play for John Harbaugh because "he has the same passion for football" as his brother.

Weaknesses:"Allows his pad level to rise and can be washed out of the hole. Needs to better protect his lower body from cut blocks. Unimaginative pass-rush sequence with a predictable spin move. Needs to improve his reaction time and pursuit angles to take away edge runs. Late to read the backfield action, leaving him flat-footed and delayed to the ball -- too many examples of him guessing wrong and needs to get better in this area. Only one season as a full-time starter and finished with 15 collegiate starts on his resume -- late bloomer and struggled to make an impact his first three seasons in Ann Arbor." – Dane Brugler, CBS Sports

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