OT – #67 Mississippi State
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: Laurel
HS Rating: 5 star (0.9877)
Phil Steele: PS#53
Charles Cross Scouting Report
Not a great athlete. Lateral quickness is above average at the next level. Very strong upper body. Not a particular brute. Won’t punish a lot of dudes. Has a solid anchor. A little bit stiff, but has suitable bend.
Hand placement is stellar. Excellent job working into the outside chest – especially in pass protection. Hand strength is susceptible. Struggles to stay engaged at times, especially as a run blocker. Shows a lot of understanding of nuance in hand fighting. Very strong, stout pass blocker. Does an excellent job staying square with the defender.
Decent run blocker. Offers some downhill push. Very limited in the second level on account of his lack of athleticism. From an offensive line scheme standpoint, most of everything that Mississippi State ran translates well to the next level. Picks up his assignments very well. Does an excellent job picking up and handing off stunts.
What we want to see from Charles Cross in Indianapolis
- Charles Cross needs to go into Indianapolis and meet expectations. He’s not a great athlete, so as long as Cross performs decently well, he won’t have any issues in Indianapolis. Anything less, there might be some issues.
Charles Cross projects very well as a left tackle into any zone-based offensive scheme. He has some upside as well as he can clean up some of his hand technique and learn to better use his arms. Still, Cross has immense upside and can be a valuable prospect even if he starts his career as a backup.
We think Cross looks like a top-15 prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft. He’s a day one starter at left tackle and still has some mechanics to polish. If he meets his potential, Cross looks like a perennial Pro Bowl player who can start for a decade in the league.