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Cowboys Select DE Taco Charlton with 1st-Round Pick

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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

          • https://InsideTheStar.com/ 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

          • https://InsideTheStar.com/ 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

          • https://InsideTheStar.com/ 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.

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Cowboys Draft Target: Michigan DT Maurice Hurst

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Cowboys Draft Target: Michigan DT Maurice Hurst

Heading into the 2018 NFL Draft it’s pretty clear that defensive tackle is towards the top of the Dallas Cowboys’ needs. Dallas has invested multiple draft picks and resources into the secondary, linebackers, and defensive ends. But their interior defensive line still needs to add depth and talent.

One potential draft target to fill this need would be Michigan Wolverines defensive tackle Maurice Hurst. Over at Slant Sports I completed a full scouting report on Hurst, giving him a first round grade and ranking him atop this defensive tackle class.

At 6’2″ and about 280 pounds, Maurice Hurst clearly projects as a three technique at the professional level. Hurst played the under-tackle most of the time at Michigan, but he did kick down over the center or inside the guards at times. Still, I wouldn’t expect a team to draft Hurst to be their one tech of the future.

Hurst is an explosive beast at defensive tackle. Playing with a nonstop motor Hurst wins off the ball often, but also created effort and hustle plays behind the line of scrimmage during his college career. Hurst’s first step, quick hands, ability to win with leverage, and overall explosiveness shine through on film often.

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“Here’s an example of that explosive first step. Hurst is lined up as the 3-technique on the far side. Winning with his first step quickness and burst, Hurst gives the offensive linemen absolutely no chance to block him. He then powers through the recovery attempt by the lineman to make the tackle in the backfield.”

Hurst clearly doesn’t have the prototypical size of a defensive tackle in the NFL, but his play style suits his body well. His explosiveness and burst off the ball make him incredibly dangerous, and his quick hands, low pad level, and strong lower body help him to win against any offensive lineman.

He obviously isn’t at this level, and may not deserve eye-to-eye comparisons with this player, but Maurice Hurst’s play style and body type remind me of a young Aaron Donald. (I’m not saying he’s better than Aaron Donald, save the comments).

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In terms of his fit with the Cowboys, Hurst would be competing with Maliek Collins for playing time at the three technique. Respected draft guru Dane Brugler has mocked Hurst to Dallas in his latest mock draft, but the way they handle both Collins and impending restricted free agent David Irving will play a huge role in determining if Hurst would even fill a need.

Regardless, Maurice Hurst is a name deserving of first round buzz and Cowboys Nation should keep their eyes on him this offseason.

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Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys

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Sean's Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller A Needed Weapon For Cowboys
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Slotted to pick 19th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in position to add a first-round talent to a team that fell just short of the playoffs at 9-7 in 2017. Faltering entirely on offense without RB Ezekiel Elliott too many times this season, it’s hard to argue this asset is not best spent on new talent at WR.

The Cowboys haven’t drafted a wide receiver in the first round since 2010, trading up for Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant. Frequent injuries and the inability to develop with QB Dak Prescott have diminished Bryant’s status as a star receiver in Dallas, and it may be time to overhaul the position entirely.

After scouting Memphis WR Anthony Miller, he may be just what the Dallas Cowboys need. Let’s take a closer look at his fit in the Cowboys’ offense in the first draft-season edition of Sean’s Scout.

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With 96 receptions for 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final season at Memphis, Senior WR Anthony Miller is one of the top players at his position in the 2018 NFL Draft. These inflated numbers in the Tigers’ pass-happy offense do little to highlight Miller as a next level prospect…

This film clip and quote from my full scouting report on Miller shows the pure play-making ability Miller has. Miller wouldn’t fill the Cowboys need for an over-the-top burner at WR, but he has no problem tracking the ball with ease and adjusting in the air to make big plays down the field.

…Miller is as tough of a cover as you’ll find thanks to his explosive and concise release off the line.

Anthony Miller is certainly a “Dak-friendly” pass catcher, as he possesses the catch radius to snag passes away from his frame using his exceptionally strong hands. Even when he is covered, Miller is open vertically.

With that said, Miller has more than enough ability to separate with good initial quickness and elite balance through his routes.

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…he wastes no time accelerating through the secondary, and running with a powerful stride that makes it difficult to bring him down.

There may be better technical route runners in this draft class, but few set up defenders as consistently well as Miller — who has the production to match these NFL traits.

A willing run blocker too, Miller could walk into Dallas and immediately earn snaps as an X, Z, or Y receiver. Miller’s best fit to start his career is likely as a Z receiver, drawing less attention in coverage while being allowed to run a full route tree.

…Miller gets on cornerbacks in a hurry, setting them up with his fluidity and size to track the football through contact.

A potential replacement for Terrance Williams with the Cowboys, Miller is somewhat of a similar player in the way he wins with mostly size.

The Memphis product would still be an upgrade over Williams though, as it is much easier to get the ball in Miller’s hands. Add in the red-zone ability that Anthony Miller has to box out defenders, and the run-after-catch burst as an inside target, and Miller is a weapon the Cowboys could desperately use.

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…I found myself constantly impressed with the speed at which Miller gets up the field when taking the ball underneath.

Miller will have nothing but opportunities to raise his draft stock over the coming months. He will be at this month’s Senior Bowl, receiving NFL-level coaching to refine his game. The Scouting Combine will also be critical for Miller’s testing numbers to confirm the athlete seen on tape dominating at Memphis will take the next step.

Earning a second round grade on my 2018 NFL Draft Board, there is a chance the Cowboys have to use their first round pick if they truly want Anthony Miller in Silver and Blue. A very complete player that fills a need, Miller as the Cowboys first pick could make plenty of sense in April.

Tell us what you think about “Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Luxury or Need for Cowboys to Draft Another 1st-Round OL?

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Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, offensive line

Due to growing concerns about Tyron Smith‘s availability and future health, due to reoccurring back injuries, there seems to be a growing consensus among Dallas Cowboys fans that there’s a need to draft an offensive lineman with the first-round pick. But, is it actually a need, or would it be more of a luxury?

There is legitimate concern about Tyron Smith and his future health.

Back injuries have a way of flaring up at the most inopportune times. It’s also not an injury that’s going away anytime soon, if ever. This is the unknown the Cowboys are faced with heading into the off-season, and it could end up having a major impact on the direction they go in the 2018 NFL Draft.

There seems to be a growing consensus around Cowboys Nation that the Dallas Cowboys should seriously consider selecting the best available offensive tackle with the 19th overall pick.

There are probably two reasons for this:

  1. Tyron Smith’s health concerns, and
  2. the need to upgrade the swing tackle position after watching Byron Bell and Chaz Green play in 2017.

But, the question remains: is drafting yet another offensive lineman in the first-round a luxury or need for the Dallas Cowboys?

Personally, I can see both sides of this argument. So, let’s break it down a little and examine each.

Luxury

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Dallas Cowboys RG Zack Martin

The Dallas Cowboys have already invested an enormous amount of resources to build arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.

They’ve spent three first-round draft picks to acquire Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin, two of which have already received long-term extensions with Martin waiting in the wings.

That’s a lot of money devoted to one position, which ultimately means the Cowboys have to go cheaper in other areas in order to fit under the salary cap. This is the money that would be used in free agency to acquire some of those higher-priced free agents fans are always hankering for.

It also can be used to re-sign some of the Cowboys players at other positions, such as DeMarcus Lawrence.

But, it’s not only the money that makes drafting a first-round OL a luxury.

Four out of five of the Cowboys OL are already pretty much set in stone. The left guard position is really the only unoccupied position right now, but that could be filled rather easily. This, of course, is assuming Tyron Smith stays healthy, but regardless, he is the starting left tackle when the 2018 season begins.

Need

Byron Bell

Dallas Cowboys OL Byron Bell

There’s no reason to believe Tyron Smith will be able to play an entire 16-game season going forward. The last two seasons he has had to sit out several games due to injuries, and unfortunately his back issues aren’t going away anytime soon.

To make matters worse, Dallas doesn’t have an adequate backup, which was proven on more than one occasion in 2017. Hence the need.

With the exception of the quarterback, the left tackle position is arguably the most important on offense. They protect the QB’s blindside and are largely responsible for keeping him healthy and upright.

There’s a reason they are drafted so highly and paid so handsomely: they are that important to a team’s success.

There was also a reason the Dallas Cowboys offense started to sputter once Tyron Smith started missing time. Opposing defenses no longer respected the Cowboys LT, and started putting their best pass rusher on that side to get after Dak Prescott.

Prescott ended up having happy feet and it had a ripple effect throughout the entire offense, and not in a good way.

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Quite honestly, I think it would be a luxury to draft any kind of offensive lineman with the Cowboys’ first-round selection, but I wouldn’t be completely surprised if that’s the direction they went. There are positives and negatives to both sides of the argument.

But, if they stick to the draft board and an OL is their highest rated player there, I say go for it.

The only thing we can do is have faith that the Dallas Cowboys know more about Tyron Smith’s health and his availability to play then we do as fans. If they decide to draft an offensive lineman early, I think we should all take that as an indication that they are worried about Smith, at least a little bit.

Luxury or Need: Do the Cowboys draft a first-round OL?

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