Michigan just had the deepest NFL draft class in program history. Now we’re looking back on how each of its 11 draftees ended up playing for the Wolverines.
Taco Charlton didn’t live far from Michigan’s biggest rival, Ohio State. He attended Pickerington Central, a 30-minute drive from Ohio Stadium.
But Charlton went to Michigan.
Taco Charlton gets a ‘no’ from Ohio State, similar to Jake Butt
Charlton and Wolverines teammate Jake Butt were rivals in high school. Both were from Pickerington and Butt played for North, Central’s biggest rival.
There was something eerily similar about both of these prospects.
Both grew up in suburban Columbus. Both were Top 200 prospects, according to the 247Sports composite. But the Buckeyes didn’t offer either of them.
Michigan offered both.
Taco Charlton becomes first Pickerington native to choose Michigan, gets Jake Butt to join him
Charlton visited Michigan for the first time during the fall of his junior year, on Sept. 10, 2011.
After the trip, Charlton received offers from schools such as Arizona State, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Ole Miss.
During a visit on Feb. 18, 2012, Charlton committed to the Wolverines, becoming the first of the two Pickerington recruits — and future stars — to commit to Michigan.
The next day, during a visit, Butt committed to the Wolverines.
The two stuck with those commitments for an entire year before signing.
Taco Charlton etches legacy at Michigan
Ohio State didn’t offer Charlton despite his standing as the nation’s No. 133 prospect, and the country’s No. 3 weakside defensive end.
Michigan was able to snag the top-notch prospect with the ridiculous 6-foot-6 frame.
Charlton missed the first three games of his senior season — which ended up being his best season statistically — but was able to garner first-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and media.
He tallied 11 starts and racked up 43 tackles, 13 TFLs, 9.5 sacks, and 2 pass breakups.
His sack total was good for 10th in program history and 14th nationally. Again, he missed the better part of three games.
All of that was good enough to get him selected in the first round of the NFL draft.
Dallas Cowboys select Taco Charlton in first round of NFL draft
Taco Tuesday is headed to Dallas!
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 2, 2017
With the 28th overall pick, the Cowboys took the Pickerington Central product, and for the first time in his football career he’s leaving the Midwest.
Charlton is a great fit for what the Cowboys need on their edge, and if you want to hear more about that, the Cowboys explained their choice here.
From a hometown kid not getting offered by Ohio State before heading to Michigan, Charlton made the most of a fun nickname, a prototypical defensive end frame, and a knack for getting to the quarterback.
And now, he’s a Dallas Cowboy.