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13-3, 1st in NFC East

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Cowboys didn't have a first-round grade on Taco Charlton, why take him? They felt the drop off at defensive end was too great to pass up and they will have cornerback options that would be more appealing at No. 60 and later than defensive end.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

A big part of the Cowboys' evaluation of Taco Charlton was level of competition playing in the Big Ten. He had 2.5 sacks against Ohio State and a sack and two tackles for loss in Orange Bowl against Florida State. "He looks like an NFL football player when he walks through the door," executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "… We think we have a chance to have a good one here."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys had first-round grades on 18 players and Taco Charlton was not one of them, according to Stephen Jones. As the second round looms, the Cowboys have one player with a first round grade still on their board.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Taco Charlton will begin his career as a right defensive end but the Cowboys value his position flexibility. They think he can play on either side and move inside to tackle in pass-rushing situations. His arm length – 34¼ inches – gives him an advantage that allows him to make up for a lack of blazing speed.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Taco Charlton is not the first Taco to be drafted. The Seattle Seahawks took wide receiver Taco Wallace in the seventh round of the 2003 draft.

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Charlton says it's 'surreal' going to Cowboys (1:42)

ESPN Stats and Information  

He fell just short of double-digit sacks in his senior year at Michigan, but Taco Charlton tallied 22 tackles for loss over his final two seasons, averaging one per game.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Taco Charlton is NOT the 1st Taco ever drafted. The Seahawks drafted Taco Wallace in the 7th round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played 4 career games (0 Rec).

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

With the 28th overall pick, the Cowboys select Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton. His sack total increased each year with 9.5 last year and he gives the Cowboys more options on their pass rush with position flexibility.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Atlanta jumps in front of the Cowboys to take UCLA pass rusher Takk McKinley. With his shoulder injury it is possible he could open year on PUP. A Cowboys target off the board.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys working the phones in their draft room with their pick coming. Trading down? Up? Is Trader Jerry returning?

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Miami Dolphins end the Charles Harris' hopes for the Cowboys by taking the Mizzou defensive end at No. 22. Pass-rush options remain for the Cowboys but wonder if they will look to make a small move to get their guy.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Tennessee Titans take Southern Cal corner Adoree Jackson. He would have been option for the Cowboys at No. 28. He is the third of 29 players to visit The Star off the board so far.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Ezekiel Elliott went No. 4 last year to the Cowboys. Maybe he's added value to the running back position with Leonard Fournette going No. 4 overall to Jacksonville and Christian McCaffrey going No. 8 overall to Carolina this year.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have announced the dates and times of their preseason games: Aug. 3 Hall of Fame Game vs. Arizona Cardinals, 8 p.m. Aug. 12 at Los Angeles Rams, 9 p.m. Aug. 19 vs. Indianapolis Colts, 7 p.m. Aug. 26 vs. Oakland Raiders, 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at Houston Texans, 8 p.m.

ESPN Staff  

Which player will the Cowboys take at No. 28? Here are the final projected picks from Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, plus the players Louis Riddick and NFL Nation would select: Kiper – Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama; McShay – Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU; Riddick – Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State; NFL Nation – Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

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Will this year's draft have an impact on the NFC East? (1:52)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have placed right tackle Doug Free on the reserve/retired list, giving them $5 million in salary cap room. Free, a starter since 2010, spent 10 seasons with the Cowboys. Do not expect the Cowboys to use the added cap room for any free agents.

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Will Trader Jerry reappear over draft weekend?

Jerry Jones has become a lot more subdued about draft-day trades in recent years, but he said the Cowboys are always keeping their options open.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Last year the Cowboys drafted two cornerstones in Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott. This year, Dallas will look to improve on the defensive side, more specifically its lacking pass rush.

Team Stats

Passing Yards226.923rd
Rushing Yards149.82nd
Points For26.35th
Points Against19.15th

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