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Former Michigan DL Taco Charlton finally healthy, played 2016 season at 80%

Taco Charlton is projected to get drafted in the 1st Round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but could go as early as the Top 10.

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Former Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton is finally healthy. Believe it or not, the defensive lineman told the media he played almost the entire 2016 season at 80-percent health.

Charlton is expected to go in the First Round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but could even be drafted in the Top 10.

Charlie Campbell of Walter Football wrote, “During the lead up to the NFL Draft, there are always prospects that have a steady climb up draft boards and mock drafts. A player who could be a candidate for that this year is Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton. In speaking with five teams, they think that Charlton will probably go in the top half of the first round and definitely has a shot at being picked in the top 10.”

According to Campbell, another scouting director said, “Honestly, he may not make it out of top 10. He’s got a LOOOT of people showing him love right now; 6-6, 270, athletic and pass rush production will do that. The way he’s getting pushed up, I’m assuming folks are overlooking some of the instinctive shortcomings and banking on the good kid with huge upside. We have him graded higher than Derek Barnett and Solomon Thomas.”

Charlton will workout at the NFL Combine on March 5th. If Charlton can show off the athletic ability and the potential that he has, then the Wolverine could find himself being picked in the early stages of the First Round this April.