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Cowboys Select DE Taco Charlton with 1st-Round Pick

Jess Haynie



As many expected, the Cowboys have added a defensive end in the first round. Taco Charlton out of Michigan has been drafted with the 28th overall pick.

Taco Charlton

DE Taco Charlton is now a Dallas Cowboy.

With other pass rushers like Charles Harris and Takkarist McKinley going in the picks just ahead of Dallas, the Cowboys still came away with one of the higher-rated defensive ends in the draft class.

T.J. Watt, another prospect that many Cowboys fans wanted, was still available when Charlton was selected. Several cornerback prospects were also still on the board.

The Cowboys' next pick is 60th overall, which will occur tomorrow evening.

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  • Saul molina

    As a Dallas cowboys fan I almost threw up with that pick so many corners and a few good safeties and they got taco Charlton for everybody screaming for a pass rusher there you go but now we get to see our secondary get fucking shreaded just as I thought Dallas couldn’t screw up they proved me wrong

    • Jess Haynie

      “So many corners” is exactly why they took the pass rusher now. They’re planning a DB they like being there at the 60th pick, and your post shows that that’s a sound strategy.

      • Saul molina

        They could have gotten obi melifonwu in the first rd and Kevin King in the second I love my Cowboys but they blew it on that one they are going into the season with Orlando scandrick over the hill nolan Carroll over the hill bum Jeff heath a back up and that’s pushing it kavon frazier unproven oh yeah that sounds great now I see why we don’t get out of the first rd of the playoffs

      • Saul molina

        Well I guess we won’t be winning a Super Bowl this year either smfh!!!!!

        • Randy Martin

          Saul I think you should strongly consider getting off the Cowboys fan base. Obi is a combine/athlete flash in the pan. I guarantee that at 6-4+ he will not succeed at Safety in the NFL. They turned over the DB’s because they needed it. I don’t know if Heath is a starter and I did want to see King at 28 but I believe if the FO chose Taco over King they knew what they are doing. Just because they didn’t do what you want it doesn’t mean the season is over. If you feel that way probably should find another team. Funny you called Heath over the hill at 25. Wow!

          • Saul molina

            fuck you don’t you ever tell me what the fuck to do I’ll express my self how ever I want

          • Bryson Treece

            Chill bro. This ain’t the place for that, Saul.

          • Saul molina

            🙂 your right homie I appreciate it I got a little ticked when someone tries to tell me get another team it might seem like I was bagging on my boys but I wasn’t I just want them to do good I’m sick of hearing maybe next year and our defense isn’t that good

          • Bryson Treece

            Me too. Not happy with the Taco pick myself, but I’m trusting the process. Let’s go Day 2.

          • Saul molina

            I see day playing out like this hopefully we can still try to get Kevin King if he isn’t there we can get cordrea tankersley he’s good and the latest projection has obi melifonwu falling to the third rd that would be a great pick

          • Bryson Treece

            Definitely some possibilities, but I like the CBs still out there. We may have needed EDGE help, but we also need a DB too. Gonna look at rounds 2-4 and see who they get. They’ve been making smart decisions in the middle rounds, so maybe that continues.

          • Saul molina

            Yea I just think everyone is saying we need line help I strongly think it’s the DC I don’t think he is that good they are always saying oh he can make so and so work it hasn’t work in the last three years

          • Randy Martin

            Wow such colorful language! I’m impressed. Hey Saul I don’t expect everyone to agree with the picks all the time and I see that with a lot of discussions. I just took issue with saying we won’t be going to the Super Bowl “because” we took Charlton. Personally, I would have taken King with that pick but there is a reason I’m not the GM of the Cowboys. I am behind the FO and trust the process. We still have 6 picks left and I’m sure we won’t agree with all of them but this is our team and there is a lot to be excited about. Pretty sure one of those restaurants in Dallas will be offering free Tacos for every sack he gets!

          • Saul molina

            Your right sorry I just got a little heated when you said pick another team I ride and die with my Cowboys I just wish they would have gone a different route I was disappointed but that taco comment was funny I have to admit it lol

          • Randy Martin

            I have to say I don’t know you Saul but I read pretty much every article written about the Cowboys and I see a lot of comments written by supposed fans that are almost always negative and I say the same thing to them. I’ve been a die-hard since 1962 and I’m always real about the team but I don’t bad-mouth or speak negative. I will say I don’t agree but I will get behind it whether I like it or not. I wanted King here but after reading some articles and watching the post frame presser as well as the replay of The Draft Show Day 1 draft special I understand and agree that pass rush was the right pick. Can debate whether Watt or Taco was the right pick but i think they felt was more a 3-4 LB and liked Taco’s length and injury free career. Now we are going to get our DB today. I saw Matt Miller’s Day 2 mock and he has us taking Sidney Jones at 60 and Davon Godchaux at 92. I hope he is wrong on both. I love Jones but we don’t need a redshirt player and I did some reading on the likelihood of coming back full strength from Achilles tears and it wasn’t completely promising. And we don’t need a DL at 3. We need another CB or Safety.

          • Saul molina

            Your right we don’t need another injured player that’s why I think we should go Kevin King and obi melifonwu or codrea tankersley and Marcus Williams

          • Randy Martin

            I will take any of those guys but Obi. If not for the Senior Bowl and the combine he is a 4th round pick. His tape is not great and there has never been a successful safety at his height. It is going to cause a problem. I did a lot of research on the topic of height and safeties and while there are some great one’s at 6-3 that seems to be the cutoff point. And I don’t like it when guys earn all their stripes from the underwear Olympics.

          • Saul molina

            I’ve studied the same thing but I’ve also studied his tape he has great bend move in stride good covers well tackles well he is a good fit I promise

  • Kevin Black

    Sorry, but I thought it was a reach myself. I had Watt with a first round grade, but obviously the Cowboys did not. That’s fine. Difference of opinion. But I don’t understand passing on a first round grade on Kevin King. When you pass on talent, you pass on success.

NFL Draft

Cowboys Draft Class: How Many Will Be Starters In 2018?

Kevin Brady



2018 NFL Combine: 3 LBs Who Impressed
Photo by David Becker/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys have been showered with praise by most national NFL media outlets for their 2018 NFL Draft class. graded the Cowboys as having the 2nd best class in the league, and most other analysts have agreed that the team had a strong showing.

But now, of course, it's time to see what these new players will actually do on the field. Some are hoping the team found 3-5 new starters for the 2018 roster, but history would suggest that is pretty rare.

Dallas' 2016 draft class has been lauded as one of the best in the last decade, especially considering they look to have found their franchise quarterback in round four. That strong class only features four full-time starters heading into 2018, but we have to wonder if that's the outlier and not the norm.

Still, as we look back and examine this 2018 draft class it really appears they have found three day one starters in the first three rounds.

First round pick Leighton Vander Esch is expected to be the starting MIKE linebacker this season, with former second round selection Jaylon Smith moving to SAM. Vander Esch wasn't my favorite option at 19, but he is certainly starter-worthy in this Cowboys LB corps.

On day two the Cowboys added OL Connor Williams and WR Michael Gallup, two of my personal favorite picks of their entire class. Williams should be the starting LG week 1 of the season, and Michael Gallup may overtake Allen Hurns as the most productive WR on the roster by year's end.

Cowboys Land Small School WR In Latest PFF Mock Draft

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 1: DUPLICATE***Colorado State Rams wide receiver Michael Gallup (4) picks up a few yards after catch as Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Isaiah Oliver (26) comes in for the tackle during the first quarter on September 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Sports Authority Field. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

What about the rest of the class?

Dorance Armstrong will probably have too much competition to start at defensive end this season, but he should be an interesting rotational pass rusher. TE Dalton Schultz has the chance to surprise some people, but overtaking Geoff Swaim as the "starter" would be unexpected.

After that, the player with the best chance to make the team and contribute early on might be Boise State WR Cedrick Wilson. Wilson was a late day-two, early day-three pick to me so snagging him in the sixth round should provide incredible value to this roster. That wide out room is getting very crowded, though, so Wilson has his work cut out for him heading into camp.

How many of the Cowboys' 2018 draft picks will be starters in 2018? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?

One of the many winners of the 2018 NFL Draft were, without a doubt, the Dallas Cowboys. Not only did they addressed some of the team's most pressing needs, but they managed to draft very talented, capable players beyond the first round.

Cowboys Nation had to feel better about the rookie class the front office walked away with, specially after the second day of the Draft. Just like last year, they managed to find steals in the second and third rounds. In 2017, they did so with Cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. Now, they stayed put at their original picks and walked away with OL Connor Williams and WR Michael Gallup.

But first things first. In the eyes of many, Leighton Vander Esch wasn't worth the 19th overall pick. While I do agree that Vander Esch was a questionable selection, the Cowboys fixed arguably their most concerning position of all. As much as it pains to admit it, Sean Lee has yet to play an entire NFL season and Jaylon Smith was pretty much the only other capable starter on the roster.

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Although Vander Esch needs to develop a ton before reaching his full potential. he's a week 1 starter and an early contributor for this defense. Whether it felt like a "reach" or not, the Cowboys took a starter in the Boise State linebacker.

Later, the Cowboys managed to add an arguably first-round talent with pick #50 to plug-and-play along the offensive line. Texas OL Connor Williams was also seen as a tackle prospect, but he'll likely start at guard for Dallas as a rookie.

Since Ron Leary left for Denver, the left guard spot hasn't been as stable. Jonathan Cooper did a decent job filling that spot, but with Williams taking his place, the Cowboys dominance in the trenches will finally return. Playing next to All-Pros Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick, Connor Williams might become the best rookie in this class for the Cowboys.

One can't simply say the team found a "replacement" for Dez Bryant since he's a special player and with a very specific skill set, but Michael Gallup from Colorado State has the potential to become the team's WR1 pretty soon.

In the team's effort to build a Dak-friendly offense, Gallup is a crafty and smooth route-runner who has what it takes to play in any spot of the offense. His skill-set will allow him to play anywhere on the field and become Dak's favorite target in a year in which Jason Witten and Dez Bryant will no longer be lining up on his squad.

Taken in the first three rounds, Vander Esch, Williams and Gallup will be unquestionable starters. The question, however, is who else could become a starter for the Cowboys? Who could line up and start in week 1?

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Even though it definitely isn't as certain as the other three rookies, I'm betting on Dalton Schultz to be a more important starter than we imagine. Listen, maybe it's not an ideal scenario to have the TE from Stanford start in week 1, but it could be necessary.

The Rico Gathers Adventure might just be over before it starts and Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin may not be anything special. In college, Schultz was pretty good at run blocking. In the Cowboys' offense, led by one of the best running backs in the league, Ezekiel Elliott, Schultz may be able to find success earlier than expected.

Besides, he has what it takes to catch passes in the NFL and although he certainly won't be the flashiest, he could be enough to give Dak Prescott a reliable tight end.

Dalton Schultz could be the surprise of this Draft for Dallas. He'll probably become a starter at some point in the season and for a fourth-round pick, that's a very good thing to say.

For a front office that's constantly bashed by Cowboys Nation, their job at this year's NFL Draft was a pretty good one. Now it's just a matter of time to find out which picks were as good as we originally thought.

Tell me what you think about "Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Why Cowboys Nation Should Feel Better About Leighton Vander Esch

Mauricio Rodriguez



Why Cowboys Nation Should Feel Better About Leighton Vander Esch
Loren Orr / Getty Images

A week ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell walked out to the stage at AT&T Stadium to announce the Dallas Cowboys first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. For the second consecutive year, a large portion of Cowboys Nation was not pretty happy about the player America's Team had drafted in the first day of the Draft.

Boise State's Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has become one of the main debates among Cowboys fans right now and will continue to be one at least until the season starts. Some are fine with the decision the front office made and some simply don't view Vander Esch as a first round talent.

Naturally, taking Leighton in the first round has been widely compared to the team's last first round pick: Taco Charlton.

Both of these selections resulted in fans all around the world complaining and criticizing the selections since they both seemed like a reach, arguing that they could've gotten better players at other positions.

But fans shouldn't be so quick to compare the Charlton and Vander Esch selections, because they really aren't that similar. Sure, most of the media and Draft fans didn't consider any of these players worthy of a first round pick, but that doesn't mean both players were ranked similarly in the Cowboys' draft board.

Defensive End Taco Charlton, despite showing some very promising flashes towards the end of the year, wasn't able to become a starter at any point during his rookie season. Hopefully he develops into one next season. But when you're talking about first-round picks, being a solid starter at the end of the season at the latest is a very usual expectation.

Possibly what made the Taco pick hurt even more, is the fact that the front office didn't even consider him a first-round talent. Although he was drafted to wear the Star with the 28th overall pick, he wasn't their guy.

Drew Davison on Twitter

The #Cowboys had three first-round grades on DEs, but Taco Charlton wasn't one of them.

With Leighton Vander Esch, the same can't be said. The Cowboys knew he was their guy and that they were going to take him, regardless of the situation. For many weeks we wondered about just every scenario the team might face when they were on the clock.

What if DE Harold Landry is available? What if Calvin Ridley is still on the board? What if Derwin James slides, would they trade up?

For the front office, there was quite a lot of talent to choose from at 19 (not to mention James did slide out of the top 15), but they still took Leighton Vander Esch, even with Landry and Ridley on the board. We might disagree with the pick. We might not think the Boise State's product should've been taken so early. That's completely fine.

But Cowboys Nation should be happy knowing that this was the guy they wanted all along. Maybe if Derwin James hadn't been drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers with the 17th pick, Dallas would have still taken Vander Esch.

 "If the Cowboys traded up a few spots in the first round, I believe it would have been to ensure they got Vander Esch, not get James or Edmunds." Dane Brugler on the Cowboys' approach to the Draft. 

For now, it's time to root for the Dallas Cowboys' new rookie. Vander Esch will provide a special factor to this defense and has the potential to become a very good starter down the road. Playing side by side with Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith will certainly help his development and turn him into an impact player soon.

At the end of the day, it takes years to properly evaluate how a draft pick turned out in the NFL. There are first round players who turn out to be complete busts just like there are sixth or seventh round players that go on to become superstars in the league.

The Dallas Cowboys did a hell of a job addressing their needs throughout the Draft this year and there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about this year's draft picks. Leighton Vander Esch is without a doubt, one of them.

Tell me what you think about "Why Cowboys Nation Should Feel Better About Leighton Vander Esch" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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