Charles Cross is one of the more athletically gifted tackles in the 2022 NFL Draft. His quickness and fluidity first allow him to redirect opposing pass rushers with relative ease. At 6-5 305lbs, he has a good length. He uses his length combined with a well-timed punch to win at the point of attack. Cross plays with good hands, and his punch allows him to move defenders off their track consistently.
In pass protection, Cross forces defenders to convert speed to power by not allowing them to move inside or outside of him. The pitfall of this is that he can be bulled into the QB when the defender uses a power move. He struggles to anchor quick enough against stronger defenders off the edge.
Because he is a lean player, he can be inconsistent as a run blocker. He is a capable run blocker who must improve his hand placement. He can sometimes allow his hands to get too far outside. Improving his pinching ability and hand strength to keep his hands inside will be key at the NFL level.
Overall, Cross is a solid LT prospect, just a shade outside our instant impact player ceiling; Cross can overshoot our projection by adding functional weight and increasing his overall strength.
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