Updated March 2, 2017
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.
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.
There are numerous reasons why Charlton is viewed to have high first-round potential. One is the the skill set. Teams like Charlton's speed and athletic ability. He also has size with measurements around 6-foot-6, 270 pounds.
Here is how one scouting director broke him down: "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 hasn't gotten a lot of hype, but that could change after his combine workout. Teams think that if he gets out of the top 10, he should go in the early teens. Charlton is currently third in our 2017 NFL Draft Defensive End Prospect Rankings.