It's Official Taco Charlton Is A Bust\r\nBefore the start of the 2017 season, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones started looking for his \u201cWar Daddy\u201d with the team\u2019s first-round pick. What he found was actually a War Dud in Taco Charlton.\r\n\r\nIf we look at the last 10 Dallas Cowboys first-round draft picks from before 2017, they had mostly hit on them. They had either been Pro Bowl players or key contributors:\r\n\r\n2007 - Anthony Spencer\r\n\r\n2008 - Felix Jones\/Mike Jenkins\r\n\r\n2009 - No Pick (traded to Detroit for Roy Williams)\r\n\r\n2010 - Dez Bryant\r\n\r\n2011 - Tyron Smith\r\n\r\n2012 - Morris Claiborne\r\n\r\n2013 - Travis Frederick\r\n\r\n2014 - Zack Martin\r\n\r\n2015 - Byron Jones\r\n\r\n2016 - Ezekiel Elliott\r\n\r\nEnter 2017.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhy Was Taco Charlton Waived By Dallas Cowboys?\r\nTaco Charlton had shown a lot of promise in his final season at Michigan, with 10 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. His production, mixed with size (6\u20196\u201d 260 lbs) and athleticism made him a realistic first-round prospect.\r\n\r\nAt the time of his selection, players like TJ Watt, Kevin King or even Obi Melifonwu were players mentioned and taking Charlton was met with a mixed reaction of praise and criticism.\r\n\r\nDespite his size, athleticism and really good senior year that shot up his draft stock, as the draft had gotten closer he had started to get more of a second-round, or early third-round grade. Many at the time of the pick believed that the Cowboys made a reach for him to fill a need, instead of taking the best player on their board.\r\n\r\nHowever, there were too many obstacles once he was in Dallas for him to overcome, making him one of the few players taken by Dallas in the first round to not work out.\r\n\r\nA big factor in why Taco Charlton didn\u2019t pan out was DeMarcus Lawrence. Both played left defensive end and the team wanted Charlton to play on the right side.\r\n\r\nOnce DeMarcus Lawrence became the All-Pro people know today, there was no way the team was going to move him from the spot that made him a star. As a result, Taco Charlton had to learn a position that he wasn\u2019t fully familiar with, and never fully got a grasp of.\r\n\r\nIn the two seasons, he was in Dallas, Charlton only got four total sacks. He had flashes in all three preseasons he was on the team but was never able to translate it to regular-season success.\r\n\r\nPlayers like Lawrence, the captain Tyrone Crawford, Dorance Armstrong Jr, Kerry Hyder, Joe Jackson and Robert Quinn all made Charlton expendable by both lackluster performance and more reasonable cap numbers; Armstrong, Jackson, and Hyder all being cheaper options.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s ironic, isn\u2019t it? The Cowboys traded for Robert Quinn in the off-season from the Miami Dolphins. Now Charlton signed with the last team of the player who\u2019s roster spot is being filled, and these teams are playing each other this Sunday. Fate works in mysterious ways.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nUltimately, the Cowboys made the right call. Taco Charlton is a former first-round pick who hasn\u2019t been activated for a game all season. On social media, he made it clear that he wanted out, the team had been shopping him. This relationship had run its course.\r\n\r\nNow, the Dolphins only owe him for 14 games ($920,000 guaranteed) this season and own his fifth-year option (which will be around $9 million) in 2021. Since Miami is tanking, getting affordable players in their rebuild makes sense, and the Cowboys are in win-now mode and Taco Charlton\u2019s spot was wasted space.\r\n\r\nGet more Dallas Cowboys News here on Sports Talk Line or on Cowboys Nation!