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Taco Charlton to Visit the Miami Dolphins

Ari Russell



The Miami Dolphins are narrowing their position strategy for the NFL Draft and it’s becoming apparent that defensive line depth is going to be a priority. The Dolphins will be inviting former Michigan DE Taco Charlton this week according to the Detroit Free Press.

This past season Charlton totaled 9.5 sacks, which is pretty impressive because he wasn’t healthy for most of the season hobbled with an ankle injury. Charlton who measured in at 6-6 277lbs and ran a 4.92 40 yard dash. His combine results disappointed some scouts but not enough for the experts to take him out of the first round. His long arms at 34.5 inches as well as strong hand and excellent technique is what rates him so high.

The Miami Herald breaks down Charlton’s career at Michigan.

Charlton, who is 6-6 and 270 pounds, played mostly on special teams as a true freshman (two tackles), then saw his playing time increase in 2014 (19 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks, one start). Charlton started just three games as a junior but played well on passing downs (30 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks). And then he made all Big Ten first team last year.

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As mentioned about the Dolphins have shown their hand in regards to focus on position in the draft and it is the defensive line. Most of the 30 allotted visits have been focused on the position. Since their linebacker position is already sured up, and with the signing of T.J. McDonald and already existing depth in the defensive backfield, the one position that requires more depth happens to be the defensive line. Adding a player like Charlton would certainly bring a major spark to an already solid defensive line.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.