Cowboys Select Taco Charlton in 2017 NFL Draft, Twitter Can't Control Itself

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 24: Defensive end Taco Charlton #33 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes quarterback Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions during the fourth quarter of the game at Michigan Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan defeated the Penn State 49-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboysย selected Taco Charlton with the No. 28 pick of the draft, adding a major playmaker to the front seven.

Dallas Cowboys @dallascowboys

With the 28th overall pick the #DallasCowboys select DE @TheSupremeTaco from @UMichFootball #CowboysDraft https://t.co/MuVCIOzdIW

Dallas Cowboys @dallascowboys

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Pro Football Focus highlighted Charlton's pass-rushing ability:

Pro Football Focus @PFF

The Dallas Cowboys add Michigan edge defender Taco Charlton with the 28th pick. #NFLDraft Profile: https://t.co/eC0LwRh5RM https://t.co/FjsrbQCQ0R

Fox Sports' Skip Bayless was satisfied with the selection:

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

I will also be happy with Taco Charlton, a very productive pass rusher who didn't time that well.

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

If you watched Michigan-Ohio State last season, you kept seeing No. 33, Taco Charlton, disrupting the Buckeye offense. MAKES PLAYS.

Charlton already appears to be a fan favorite in Dallas, courtesy of the team's Twitter account:

Dallas Cowboys @dallascowboys

Fan reaction when @TheSupremeTaco was drafted 28th overall. #CowboysDraft https://t.co/RkKKkLt7oh

Charlton's teammate, Jabrill Peppers, congratulated him on Twitter:

JP @JabrillPeppers


Football writer Ed Werder likes the fit of Charlton in the Cowboys defense:

Ed Werder @EdwerderRFA

Taco Charlton seems good edge fit for Rod Marinelli defense that created QB pressure at third-worst rate in NFL.

Here's how others reacted to the pick:

Will Brinson @WillBrinson

Taco Charlton just stumbled into the greatest marketing campaign of all time.

Clarence Hill Jr @clarencehilljr

It will be Taco Charlton Tuesday in Dallas

Ben Volin @BenVolin

Taco Charlton goes to Dallas, the land of great Tex-Mex

CBS Sports @CBSSports

Last 3 picks: Takkarist McKinley Tre'Davious White Taco Charlton Next pick...? https://t.co/uT5Neghj27

Charlton was first-team All-Big Ten his senior year at Michigan, totaling 40 tackles, including 13.5 for loss, plus 10 sacks. As PFF College Football noted, he was one of the top pass-rushers in the country:

PFF College @PFF_College

Top pass rush productivity, 4-3 DEs Trey Hendrickson, FAU Harold Landry, BC Taco Charlton, MICH Nick Bosa, OSU

This was despite not being completely healthy during the season, per Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press:

Mark Snyder @Mark__Snyder

Taco Charlton said he wasn't completely healthy until about a month ago, played almost of the season at 80%

This is a scary thought for opposing offensive linemen trying to contain him when he is 100 percent.

The 6'6", 277-pound pass-rusher has great size for the position with the length and athleticism necessary to be an impact player in the NFL. He posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.92 seconds at the combine, plus a vertical jump of 33 inches and a broad jump of 116 inches.

He also used the combine to discuss his own ability, per Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post:

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Taco Charlton: Iโ€™m versatile. I bring size, speed and skill. Iโ€™m only touching the peak of my potential. #nflcombine

One of the bigger question marks is whether he can be a consistent producer.

Charlton stepped up in the clutch against Ohio State, totaling 2.5 sacks, three tackles for loss and nine tackles overall in the Wolverines' biggest game of the season. He also had a strong showing against Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

However, he also had a few quiet games where he barely made an impact.

The Cowboysย are clearly focusing on the upside and will hope the talent and past performances will help turn Charlton into a star in the NFL.

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