NFL Draft Pick No. 13: Los Angeles Chargers – Charles Cross, Offensive Tackles, Mississippi State
TRADE! After seeing Baltimore trade up to take a talented tackle, the Chargers give the Texans some picks, including No. 17, to further bolster their rebuild and allow them to take another potential blue-chip tackle.
The Chargers have had an excellent offseason that has them among the best teams in a very talented AFC, but they still need a right tackle to replace the disappointing Bryan Bulaga.
Charles Cross needs some developmental time to get bigger (he’s 6-foot-5 but only 290 pounds, relatively light for a tackle) but he has the size and strength to be a prototypical left tackle for the pros.
Whether Cross plays at left or right tackle, he’s an excellent pass protector with good hands and excellent mobility. Mississippi State plays its offensive linemen almost as if they’re on their own island with wide splits, and so Cross has had to play with excellent mobility.
It’s this mobility that gives him his most potent weapon, and that’s the ability to match defenders stride for stride. Cross is not weak by any means, but his raw strength is more functional in nature than overwhelming.
Cross will need a bit more time in the weight room before Week 1, but he looks to be an excellent offensive line prospect.