The reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs have added reinforcement to their pass rush by signing Taco Charlton.
Charlton has been viewed as a bit of a draft bust since being taken in the first round (28th) overall by the Dallas Cowboys in 2017. Dallas waived him halfway through his four-year rookie contract, and he spent last season in Miami with the Dolphins.
Taco Charlton is a former Cowboys’ first-round pick from 2017, who measures in at 6’6”, 277 lbs with 34 1/4 arms.
He spent most of last season with the Dolphins after being released after Week 2 by the Cowboys.
— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) May 4, 2020
Since turning pro out of Michigan, Charlton has appeared in 37 NFL games (12 starts). He has just nine sacks and 67 total tackles.
New #Chiefs Signing
ED Taco Charlton
• 28th Overall Pick in the 2017 Draft
• 2017: 61.3
• 2018: 64.3
• 2019: 51.7
• 57 Pressures and 9 Sacks in 691 Pass-Rushing Snaps
— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) May 2, 2020
However, five of those sacks came in limited playing time with the Dolphins, so there are reasons to hope his best pro football is still ahead of him.
However, given his first-round pedigree and that he’s still just 25, it is a high-upside, low-risk move by the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s a move the champion Chiefs can more than afford to take, even if it doesn’t work out.