Name: Charles Cross Position: Offensive line
College: Mississippi State Uniform Number: #67
Class: Redshirt Sophomore Height: 6-5
Weight: 310 lbs Projected Round: Early-mid 1st round
Aggressive from the point of attack
Possesses natural strength
Quick first step
Able to climb to the second level with ease.
Exudes competitive toughness
Plays consistently with a physical tone.
Excellent play strength
Finishes his blocks (pancake blocks)
Excellent awareness - rarely misses on stunts or delayed blitzes
Perfect timing in shooting his hands
Reasonable hand placement abilities
Moves extremely well in open space
Dominant run blocker
Excellent foot speed
Smooth and fluid lateral movement
Maintains a good knee bend
In order to win leverage consistently at the next level, Cross needs to work on his anchor. This starts with lowering his pad level, which can be a little high at times, and establishing a stronger base, which should allow him to optimize his play strength. Some noted issues with holding, but this can be fixed with better positioning.
Cross is the type of offensive lineman that an NFL team can build around for the next decade. The value he brings in both the run and pass offences should quickly make him an asset to any team he joins. Once he improves his anchor, it should allow him to take his game to the level needed to be successful.