In the 2017 NFL Draft, many questioned the pick of Taco Charlton for the Dallas Cowboys. With just one year of production at Michigan and with questionable athletic metrics, it was a selection that was ripe for criticism.
Just over two years later, Charlton has been released by the Cowboys. Today, the team decided to move on from the edge rusher, using his roster spot to add Robert Quinn off of the suspended list. The release proved the naysayers right for bashing the selection as Charlton has become a draft bust.
Why Did Cowboys Release Taco Charlton?
It’s hard to argue with the lack of production being a big reason for the Cowboys to jettison Charlton, he had just four sacks in 27 games. Charlton has not been active for either of the team’s first two games this season.
However, the Cowboys also weren’t fans of Charlton’s work ethic or attitude when he didn’t see the field. Charlton’s since deleted “free me” post a few days ago on twitter was the latest example of his immaturity.
It takes a lot for a team to move on from a first-round pick in less than three years, the Cowboys must really not have liked much of what they have seen from Charlton in the past two plus years. Charlton was supposed to be one of the bookend pass rushers the team added to pair with DeMarcus Lawrence, but it never worked out.
With Charlton done in Dallas, Quinn arrives as a viable second option to Lawrence. Quinn’s resume speaks for itself and the Cowboys are in a better place with him over Charlton rushing the passer.
It’s one of the few draft misses from the Cowboys in recent memory, but it’s been a costly one as the team continues to search for pass rushing help. Moving on before having three years to prove his worth classifies Taco Charlton as the biggest draft busts for the Cowboys in a long time.
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