Charles Cross Drafted by Seahawks: Seattle's Updated Depth Chart After Round 1

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVApril 29, 2022

STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI - OCTOBER 03: Charles Cross #67 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs in action against the Arkansas Razorbacks during a game at Davis Wade Stadium on October 03, 2020 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks used the No. 9 pick of the 2022 NFL draft on Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross.


With the No. 9 overall pick in the 2022 <a href="https://twitter.com/NFLDraft?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NFLDraft</a>, the <a href="https://twitter.com/Seahawks?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Seahawks</a> select Charles Cross!<a href="https://twitter.com/NewEraCap?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NewEraCap</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Seahawks?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Seahawks</a><br><br>📺: 2022 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLDraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLDraft</a> on NFLN/ESPN/ABC <a href="https://t.co/zoxTPFNU0a">pic.twitter.com/zoxTPFNU0a</a>

The first-round pick should provide an immediate boost to the team's offense. Here is the latest depth chart for Seattle:


QB: Drew Lock, Geno Smith, Jacob Eason

RB: Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, DeeJay Dallas, Travis Homer, Josh Johnson, Darwin Thompson

FB: Nick Bellore

WR: DK Metcalf, Penny Hart

WR: Tyler Lockett, Aaron Fuller, Cade Johnson

WR: Freddie Swain, D'Wayne Eskridge, Cody Thompson

TE: Noah Fant, Will Dissly, Colby Parkinson, Tyler Mabry

LT: Charles Cross, Stone Forsythe

LG: Damien Lewis, Phil Haynes

C: Austin Blythe, Dakoda Shepley

RG: Gabe Jackson, Kyle Fuller, Pier-Olivier Lestage

RT: Jake Curhan, Greg Eiland

Depth chart info provided by Ourlads and Over the Cap 


The tackle easily lived up to expectations after joining the program as a 5-star recruit in the 2019 class. Cross was named first-team All-SEC in 2021 as a redshirt sophomore, one year after he was named Freshman All-SEC by the league's coaches.

The skill set also translates to the NFL thanks to his size (6'5", 307 lbs) and strength to compete in the trenches.

"Cross has the rare combination of being an explosive and smooth mover with tremendous balance to consistently stay on his feet and in front of defenders," B/R NFL Scout Brandon Thorn wrote.

Bleacher Report's Scouting Department ranked Cross as the No. 13 overall player in the class and third-best offensive tackle. 

The tackle is still relatively raw with just two full seasons of collegiate game action, while the Mississippi State offense is also mostly one-dimensional as a pass-heavy system. It creates some question marks for Cross, although his upside is extremely high.

If he lives up to expectations, he could provide a huge boost on his new team's offensive line.

This could be extremely valuable for a squad that allowed the eighth-most sacks in the NFL last season. The Seahawks finished 7-10 and could have a long year after trading away Russell Wilson, but the latest upgrade could help turn things around regardless of who is under center.