Arguably the most refined pass blockers in the draft, Cross rarely lost a rep in pass pro, even if it was ugly. A strong grip and elite mirror ability make it difficult for rushers to get by him. Cross's athleticism and lateral agility are his biggest physical attributes and considered rare for an tackle.
Tends to open up his hips too early when protecting the corner and at times his base gets too narrow resulting in sloppy footwork. Struggles with inside hand placement against speedy edge defenders and gets called for locking up defenders outside their chest plate. Cross simply doesn't have the reps a run blocker and may be somewhat scheme dependant. His weight should be a cause for concern and an area needing of improvement. At 6'7", 307lbs Charles would be the the 2nd lightest starting OT in the league.
Charles Cross launched himself into top 15 conversation by making drastic improvements to his game from his 2020 to 2021 season. And at only 21 year of age, he's is only going to continue to get better. The Mississippi State left tackle is extremely athletic for his size and position and teams with love his upside and potential. His run blocking is limited but he's shown he's more than capable and blind side pass blocks like this are hard to find. Cross projects as an early to mid round one prospect with long term NFL starter potential.
Top tier lateral agility for a 300 pounder, Charles Cross is extremely shifty, redirecting his slender frame with ease when picking up counters, stunts, and blitzes. Well balanced and does a good job of absorbing momentum with quick active feet and a solid base. His 4.95 40-time puts him in the 96 percentile of OT's who've ran at the Combine. Charles Cross is big, lean, and mean!
Movement off L.O.S.
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
Big Play Ability
Played in one of the most pass happy offenses in all of college football, so the sample size is small but decent. Aggressive, active hands help him win inside leverage as a run blocker. Explosive at the snap and drives opponents off the line of scrimmage. Climbs into the second level and takes good angles towards LB's and DB's. Struggles with body angles when reach blocking and tends to outrun blocks due to a lack of patients and excess of athleticism.
Elite mirror ability and recovery skills. His athleticism limits rushers from attempting inside or counter moves, going step for step with the best edge rushers in the SEC. Consistently wins with quickness and body positioning. Has a great pass set and good length to dictate distance at the snap but utilizes an arsenal of pass blocking techniques to stalemate defenders. Cross's game features an impressive jump set to halt defenders momentum and quickly recover against power rushers. Can be a little handsy at times and features a few more penalties than you'd like with a habit of outside hand placement.
Ability to Combat Inside Move
More of a technical/finess type blocker but is capable of delivering the blow if he catches someone off balance or in space. Solid motor and effort that lasts all four quarters ands knows what plays he can conserve energy.
A two year starter with great instincts in the pass game and a high football IQ to recognize and call out shifts at the line of scrimmage. Communicates well with his interior line and features a good grasp of combo block assignments. Cross is tremendous at picking up stunts and delays with footwork and lateral agility.