Charles Cross
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Cross in 2018
No. 67 – Seattle Seahawks
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (2000-11-25) November 25, 2000 (age 23)
Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:311 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Laurel
College:Mississippi State (2019–2021)
NFL draft:2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2021)
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Games played:31
Games started:31
Player stats at PFR

Charles Ellis Cross (born November 25, 2000) is an American football offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Mississippi State and was selected ninth overall by the Seahawks in the 2022 NFL draft.

Early life

Cross was born on November 25, 2000, and grew up in Laurel, Mississippi, where he attended Laurel High School. Cross initially committed to play college football at Florida State.[1] Cross decommitted from Florida State during his senior season in favor of signing with Mississippi State.[2][3] He played in the 2018 All-American Bowl as a senior.[4]

College career

Cross redshirted his true freshman season at Mississippi State after appearing in three games.[5] He was named the Bulldogs' starting left tackle going into his redshirt freshman season.[6] Cross started 10 games and was named to the Southeastern Conference (SEC) All-Freshman team at the end of the season.[7] Cross entered his redshirt sophomore season as one of the top offensive tackle prospects for the 2022 NFL draft and was a preseason second-team All-SEC selection.[8][9] He declared for the 2022 NFL draft following the season.[10]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+34 in
(1.95 m)
307 lb
(139 kg)
34+12 in
(0.88 m)
10+34 in
(0.27 m)
4.95 s 1.75 s 2.92 s 4.61 s 7.88 s 30.5 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 4 in
(2.84 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[11][12]

Cross was drafted ninth overall in the first round by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2022 NFL draft.[13] The Seahawks used the first-round selection that was acquired in the trade that sent Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. Acting as his own agent, Cross signed his four-year rookie contract with the team on June 2, 2022.[14] As a rookie, Cross appeared in and started all 17 regular season games and one playoff game for the Seahawks in the 2022 season.[15]

References

  1. ^ "FSU football lands commitment from three-star OT Charles Cross". Tallahassee Democrat. July 29, 2018. Retrieved February 18, 2023.
  2. ^ Weiler, Curt (November 20, 2018). "FSU loses commitment from 2019 offensive tackle Charles Cross". Tallahassee Democrat. Retrieved February 18, 2023.
  3. ^ "Cross wraps himself in maroon and white". Laurel Leader-Call. December 12, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  4. ^ "Laurel's star offensive tackle receives All-American jersey". WDAM.com. October 22, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  5. ^ Portnoy, Ben (August 26, 2020). "'He's like a pit bull': What Charles Cross' development means for Mississippi State's offensive line". The Commercial Dispatch.
  6. ^ "Why OL Charles Cross is ready to start for Mississippi State". The Clarion-Ledger. September 9, 2020. Retrieved February 18, 2023.
  7. ^ DeRosa, Theo (August 31, 2021). "Cross leading the way on Bulldogs' O-line". The Commercial Dispatch. Retrieved February 18, 2023.
  8. ^ Brugler, Dane (August 13, 2021). "Evan Neal, Charles Cross, Nicholas Petit-Frere: Preseason OT watch list for 2022 NFL Draft". The Athletic. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  9. ^ Froyd, Crissy (August 24, 2021). "Charles Cross Named Preseason Second-Team All-SEC". Retrieved November 10, 2021.
  10. ^ Cross, Charles (December 17, 2021). "BULLDOG FAMILY". Twitter.com. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
  11. ^ "Charles Cross Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 12, 2022.
  12. ^ "Charles Cross, Mississippi State, OT, 2022 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved March 12, 2022.
  13. ^ Boyle, John; Kinsinger, Graham (April 28, 2022). "Seahawks Select Mississippi State OT Charles Cross With 9th Overall Pick". Seahawks.com. Retrieved February 18, 2023.
  14. ^ Boyle, John (June 2, 2022). "Seahawks Sign First-Round Pick Charles Cross". Seahawks.com. Retrieved February 18, 2023.
  15. ^ "Charles Cross 2022 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 18, 2023.