The Seattle Seahawks did not trade down, they did not make an out of left field pick, in other words they ignored their historical record when they picked the third best tackle in the NFL draft with the ninth overall pick. Charles Cross started in 20 games for Mississippi State in Mike Leach’s air raid and he was absolutely fabulous.
At 6’4″ and 307 lbs, Cross is a large human. Despite his size, he’s insanely athletic and quick on his feet — which is needed in Leach’s offense with the wide o-line splits. He’s also insanely impressive with his hands when he needs to get under a defender’s shoulder pads and put them on skates.
Cross is widely considered to be the best pass protecting offensive lineman in the draft, which is a little weird considering how run heavy Seattle looks to be next season with Drew Locke under center. However, as noted above, he’s got an innate ability to get under defenders pads and get them going backwards. Which will be helpful for him as he transitions from a pass heavy offense to a run heavy one.
This is a really smart pick, it’s not too weird, and it is an instant upgrade for Seattle on its offensive line.
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