DALLAS Teams

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 1 sophomore (for now) R.J. Barrett playing his first event of the spring. Sean Miller, Shaka Smart, John Beilein, Duke, Kansas here.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Taco Charlton said his agent has already heard from some companies regarding some endorsements with his name and TexMex popularity in the area. His favorite taco? "It's hard to say. I just feel like if you got a taco, you can't go wrong."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Garrett said it is the Cowboys understanding that Jaylon Smith will be allowed to take part in the rookie minicamp in two weeks. Smith, last year's second round pick, did not play because of a serious knee injury but has seen improvement in recent weeks regarding the nerve damage in his knee that has affected his foot.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Taco Charlton will wear No. 97 for the Dallas Cowboys.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys are prepping for Taco Charlton's arrival at Ford Center. He is in town and press conference will be within the hour.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions LB Jarrad Davis: "I'm going to be honest. I'm a huge Cowboys fan." That said he enjoyed watching Matthew Stafford play. Now he is playing for Detroit so that likely will go away.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Cowboys didn't have a first-round grade on Taco Charlton, why take him? They felt the drop off at defensive end was too great to pass up and they will have cornerback options that would be more appealing at No. 60 and later than defensive end.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

A big part of the Cowboys' evaluation of Taco Charlton was level of competition playing in the Big Ten. He had 2.5 sacks against Ohio State and a sack and two tackles for loss in Orange Bowl against Florida State. "He looks like an NFL football player when he walks through the door," executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "… We think we have a chance to have a good one here."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys had first-round grades on 18 players and Taco Charlton was not one of them, according to Stephen Jones. As the second round looms, the Cowboys have one player with a first round grade still on their board.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Taco Charlton will begin his career as a right defensive end but the Cowboys value his position flexibility. They think he can play on either side and move inside to tackle in pass-rushing situations. His arm length – 34¼ inches – gives him an advantage that allows him to make up for a lack of blazing speed.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Taco Charlton is not the first Taco to be drafted. The Seattle Seahawks took wide receiver Taco Wallace in the seventh round of the 2003 draft.

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