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    Cowboys Draft: DE Taco Charlton Not Among Players with 1st Round Grades

    Ever since split the uprights from 52 yards out at to eliminate the from the in 2016, has screamed, begged, and obsessed over finding a to avenge losses like this to elite quarterbacks such as . Last night, the Cowboys addressed this pass rush by selecting Michigan DE Taco Charlton with the 28th overall pick, and the reaction was anything but overwhelmingly positive.

    Charlton is a fresh face for to mold into an NFL pass rusher, looking the part at 6055, 277 pounds with 34 1/4 inch arms. With 18.5 over four years at Michigan, Taco wasn't an elite sack-master by any means, but will come to a Dallas team with a high floor ready to take full advantage of the snaps available for him – of which there should be plenty.

    Surrounding all of these positives that have shined through a window of second guessing with “what could have been” at pick #28 rears an ugly reality though, in that the Cowboys reportedly window dressed their board to select the big-school prospect in Charlton against other players remaining.

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    Popular names like T.J, Watt, Kevin King, , and Jordan Willis remained on Dallas' draft board when they selected Taco Charlton – as did other pass rushers graded higher.

    Rod Marinelli has had a lot of say in the Cowboys war room over the past seasons when it comes to selecting the defensive ends he feels he can develop. Taco Charlton's selection marks the first time since 2007 the Cowboys have spent their first round pick on a pass rusher, and it certainly appears that Marinelli had a large say in who his “war daddy” would be.

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    Jerry and the rest of the Dallas have of course fully supported drafting Taco Charlton, who won out in the war room perhaps not solely because of Marinelli but also due to Dallas' desperate need at his position. Circling back to the fearsome pass rush that we all want this team to have, the first step of adding talent to any unit is to add capable players, and Taco will be just that at DE come the start of 2017 for the Cowboys.

    So no, the Cowboys did not come away with a first round player last night – something almost expected down at pick #28. They did come away with a guy that will get after opposing quarterbacks with a star on his helmet, and that's all we really wanted in the end — isn't it?

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    Sean Martin
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    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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    Jess Haynie

    Let’s get real about this. If they had three 1st-round grades on DEs then two of them were Myles Garrett and Solomon Thomas. We never had a shot at them, anyway. So who was #3? Maybe it was Jonathan Allen, who was listed as a DE throughout the draft process but is really a DT in our scheme.

    That third guy also might have been Derek Barnett, Charles Harris, or Takkarist McKinley. None of them made it to #28, so the truth is that we weren’t going to get a “1st round DE” without trading up.

    What we do know is that they had a shot at T.J. Watt, Tyus Bowser, and other guys and still picked Taco. They must see something they like.

    Kevin Black

    They said in their press conference that only one player was left on their board with a first round grade and that was Kevin King.

    dallas1966

    I agree with Jess, Coach Marinelli, must have seen something in Taco, that persuade Coach, to believe that Tsco has the “it” factors, to be successful in the NFL.

    With Charles Haley, D-Ware, Coach Marinelli, Lett, and left offensive tackle Tyron Smith, will bring out the beast in Taco, to be the Pro Bowl War Daddy, Jerry has been searching for.

    Don’t forget Randy Gregory, is still a member of the Cowboys. Can you imagine a defensive front of Irving, Lawrence ( if healthy), Gregory, Tapper, Crawford, and the others, in 2018.

    Kevin Black

    Jerry’s statement says it all: “This guy was as healthy as any defensive linemen we looked at. That was important for us.”

    This is a replacement for Tank Lawrence, plain and simple.