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If the Cowboys were trying to trade Taco Charlton, what would be a reasonable return?

The first-rounder has been a disappointment in Dallas.

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Back in the 2017 draft, the Cowboys were desperate for some help on the defensive line. DeMarcus Lawrence had yet to break out in a major way, and their sack leader for the previous season was Benson Mayowa with six. The team was bolstered on offense by rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott and ended up with a 13-3 record. Because of that record, their first-round pick wasn’t until #28, so they had to wait and see who was available after most of the blue-chip talent was off the board.

When their time came around, they settled on Taco Charlton, a defensive end out of Michigan who produced an impressive season in 2016 including 10 sacks. He wasn’t your classic bend-around-the-edge pass rusher, but more of a big man with all kinds of physical traits that the Cowboys hoped they could turn into a legit threat.

Fast forward to now and Charlton has certainly disappointed in his first two years. In those years, he’s amassed a measly four sacks and with eight TFLs. Last year he was slowed down with a shoulder injury but also seemed to incur the wrath of his coaches when he was not even active one week when healthy.

Unlike 2017 when they drafted Charlton, the Cowboys now have some legitimate options on the defensive line. Of course there is DeMarcus Lawrence who has found his stride and Robert Quinn has been brought on to bookend Lawrence. There is depth with Tyrone Crawford, Dorance Armstrong, and Randy Gregory if he gets another chance like the Cowboys believe he will. Dallas also signed Kerry Hyder and drafted a couple of defensive ends this year. There is a full house at the end position and Charlton may not make his way into the regular rotation.

Charlton is still young, and he still has a lot of physical gifts that could one day click into a player who can help a team. At this point, we just haven’t seen it with any kind of consistency. His first-round pedigree and physical stature may make him enticing to another team who is desperate for help at defensive end like the Cowboys were in 2017.

Given all that, what would you accept as a trade for Charlton? The Cowboys will never get back the first-rounder they spent on him, but what would be a reasonable return? Vote in the poll and hit the comments to let us know your opinion.


What is the LEAST you would accept in a trade for Taco Charlton?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    I would have to have at least a third-round pick.
    (715 votes)
  • 30%
    I would have to have at least a fourth-round pick.
    (1000 votes)
  • 15%
    I would have to have at least a fifth-round pick.
    (499 votes)
  • 5%
    I would have to have at least a sixth-round pick.
    (164 votes)
  • 2%
    I would take a seventh-round pick.
    (97 votes)
  • 23%
    I wouldn’t trade him yet.
    (780 votes)
3255 votes total Vote Now

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