The Dallas Cowboys addressed an important need on their draft board, selecting Michigan defensive end with the 28th overall pick.
With the Wolverines last season, Charlton registered team-high 9.5 sacks along with 13 tackles for loss. Charlton’s large stature (6’6”, 277 pounds) and speed make him an ideal fit on the Cowboys’ front seven.
“He’s a big, long, impressive looking guy,” head coach Jason Garrett said Thursday night after the Cowboys took Charlton No. 28 overall. “He’s a good athlete. He has a basketball background. When you watch him rush against some of the best competition in college football, he is a productive player.
“We think he does a lot of good things technically as a rusher, but he also has a lot of room to grow as a rusher because of his athleticism. He has some unique traits because of his length. He’s able to do some things that maybe some of the other rushers can’t do.”
Although finding a “war daddy” pass rusher at the end of the first round is difficult to do, Charlton will immediately improve a defensive front that proved to be a liability for Dallas in 2016.