Michigan DL Taco Charlton was one of the Big Ten’s best defenders this season. But he won’t be suiting up for the Senior Bowl.
Chase Goodbread of NFL.com reports that Charlton has declined an invitation to play in the prestigious all-star game. It’s not known why Charlton declined the invite.
As reported by Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, Charlton has been “dinged up.” By not playing, Charlton would give himself time to rest up for the NFL Scouting Combine. That’s held Feb. 28-March 6.
Taco was dinged up all year long. Not sure if ever truly 100 percent. Him healthy at the combine could be head-turning. https://t.co/8VGQoHgQ2f
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) January 5, 2017
The 6-foot-6, 272-pound defensive end made 43 tackles this season. He also made 9.5 sacks and 13 tackles for loss as Michigan finished 10-3 and played in the Orange Bowl.
Charlton is projected to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft.
The Senior Bowl is set for Saturday, Jan. 28 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The game will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and will be on the NFL Network.
Big Ten accepted invitations for the Senior Bowl:
- Iowa QB C.J. Beathard
- Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel
- Wisconsin RB Corey Clement
- Michigan WR Amara Darboh
- Indiana OL Dan Feeney
- Nebraska DB Nate Gerry
- Michigan DL Ryan Glasgow
- Iowa DL Jaleel Johnson
- Iowa DB Desmond King
- Illinois DL Carroll Phillips
- Illinois DL Dawuane Smoot