8 Things To Know About Seahawks Tackle Charles Cross – Seahawks.com

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In April, the Seattle Seahawks selected former Mississippi State tackle Charles Cross with the No. 9 selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. The 2021 First Team All-SEC selection and NFL Combine participant was the first pick for the Seahawks. Here are eight things you may not know about the Seahawks new projected starting left tackle. And keep an eye out on Seahawks.com throughout the summer for things to know on more Seahawks draft picks and newcomers.
You have to be pretty nimble at 6-foot-5 and 307 pounds to earn the nickname “Sweet Feet.” a name Cross has worn with pride since garnering the nickname during his time at Mississippi State. Cross is known for his smooth, quick footwork, allowing him to keep up with pass rushers of all sizes and speeds. Mississippi State is known for playing a pass-heavy Air Raid offense under Head Coach Mike Leach. Cross played the most pass-blocking downs (719) of any tackle in the class per Pro Football Focus in 2021. Cross allowed just 16 pressures for the Bulldogs for the season. On draft day, Leach discussed Cross’ impact on the program, as well as his sweet feet.
“You only have to correct him once,” said Leach “And not only does he have great feet, there’s other people that may run faster than him, but he has no wasted steps and he’s very fluid in everything he does.”
Cross put that footwork on display for the world to see in the NFL Combine, as he dazzled in the 40-yard-dash and individual drills.
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Cross’ athleticism has aided him in becoming one of the nation’s best pass blockers. In addition to football, Cross’ basketball background helped his footwork on the field. At Laurel High in his native state of Mississippi, Cross played small and power forward; helping the Tornadoes win consecutive Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State Championships between 2016-17. At his introductory press conference, Cross discussed his hooping days.
“I really couldn’t tell you the exact numbers,” Cross said, “but I know every game I played in I got a double-double.”
While Cross may be focusing on jump-starting his NFL career with the Seahawks, he’s also using his free time to learn a new hobby. Cross has taken to Youtube to learn how to play the piano.
Charles Cross hobbies: Music, fishing, hang with family. Trying to learn how to play the piano (through YouTube – has a keyboard). #Seahawks
Maybe we will get a duet with Coach Carroll in the near future.
Cross discussed his new hobby during his Seahawks introductory press conference.
“The past year, I’ve been trying to learn to play the piano, so I’ve just been working on that sometimes too,” said Cross.
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Aside from learning to play the piano, a longtime hobby of Cross’ is fishing. In addition to catching it, Cross enjoys eating it too.
Charles Cross said Will Rogers taking the offensive linemen to Moeโ€™s Original BBQ each week is a great way to bond.

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โ€œI get the double shrimp, double fish with the baked beans and Mac and Cheese.โ€
With the Seahawks selecting Cross No.9 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft, he became the first Mississippi State Bulldog to be called in the Top-10 since running back Michael Haddix in 1983. Cross is the No.15 Bulldog to be selected in the first round, and the sixth selected within the top-10 picks. Cross joins Seahawks legend K.J. Wright as part of the six Bulldogs drafted by the Seahawks in team history.
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Cross made history on draft night in many ways; notably becoming the highest-drafted player in league history without agent representation. On June 2, Cross officially signed his rookie contract representing himself.
Cross joins some great company. as former Seahawks legends Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman and Russell Okung have too represented themselves in contract negotiations. Cross majored in Business Administration at Mississippi State.
While the Laurel native may still be learning his way around the Emerald City, he’s got several players to connect with via their Bulldog ties. Cross joins fellow tackle and former Bulldog Greg Eiland, who signed with the team in 2021 as an undrafted free agent. In camp, Cross has gotten familiar with fellow Bulldog alum Gabe Jackson. Entering his ninth season, Jackson was selected No. 81 overall by the then-Oakland Raiders in 2014.
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Across the board, scouts and evaluators have praised Cross for his pass blocking abilities. After taking over as a full-time starter in 2020, Cross allowed 6 sacks and 44 total pressures on 574 pass-blocking snaps per Pro Football Focus. In 2021, he took a major leap, allowing just two sacks and 16 pressures on 719 pass-blocking snaps. PFF also graded the First Team All-SEC standout as the top pass blocker for the conference in 2021.
Charles Cross across 553 pass-blocking snaps this season
๐Ÿˆ 5 QB pressures allowed
๐Ÿˆ 0 sacks

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Check out photos of Seahawks first round pick Charles Cross from his 2022 offseason in Seattle. The offensive tackle out of Mississippi State was selected No. 9 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Seahawks first round draft pick Charles Cross looks up at general manager John Schneider, who jokingly stood on a chair to appear taller than the 6’5″ Cross. At left is head coach Pete Carroll.
Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Cross walks towards the stage after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks ninth overall during the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)
Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Cross walks towards the stage after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks ninth overall during the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)
Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Cross smiles as he walks on stage after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks during the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas. (Mikey Owens/NFL)
Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Cross poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected during the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas. (Mikey Owens/NFL)
Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Cross poses for a photo after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks ninth overall during the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas. (Ben Liebenberg/NFL)
Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Cross celebrates with Seattle Seahawks fans during the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas. (Kevin Sabitus/NFL)
Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Cross poses for a photo after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks during the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas. (Jeff Bottari/NFL)
Mississippi State offensive lineman Charles Cross poses for a photo after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks during the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas. (Jeff Bottari/NFL)
Seahawks first round draft pick Charles Cross and his mother walk down the jetway as they board a flight to Seattle on Friday morning.
Seahawks first round draft pick Charles Cross poses in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington upon arriving in the Pacific Northwest.
Seahawks first round draft pick Charles Cross takes in his new locker room with new teammate Jacob Eason.
Seahawks first round draft pick Charles Cross sees his name over is locker in the team’s locker room.
Seahawks first round draft pick Charles Cross, a left tackle, meets with Seahawks legend and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Walter Jones.
Seahawks first round draft pick Charles Cross is greeted by Seahawks legend K.J. Wright. Both Cross and Wright played college ball at Mississippi State.
On Friday evening, Seahawks first round draft pick Charles Cross appears with Walter Jones at a draft party for 12s and assorted influencers.
New teammates (from left) Uchenna Nwosu, first round draft choice Charles Cross, Jordyn Brooks and Darrell Taylor pose for a photo on Friday evening on the 2022 NFL Draft.
Seahawks players participate in organized team activities at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center on May 23, 2022.
Seahawks players participate in organized team activities at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center on May 23, 2022.
Seahawks players participate in organized team activities at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center on May 23, 2022.
The Seahawks rookie class mingled with Seahawks Legends at a mixer event on June 3, 2022.
The Seahawks rookie class mingled with Seahawks Legends at a mixer event on June 3, 2022.
Seahawks players participate in organized team activities at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center on June 14, 2022.
Seahawks players participate in organized team activities at Renton’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center on June 14, 2022.
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