While it might be a bit early to put Cross in the top 10 right away, it’s hard to ignore two undeniable factors that helped propel him to success.
For one, the Seahawks selected Mississippi State’s product with the ninth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, making him the third offensive lineman drafted in the class. This significant draft capital, the Seahawks’ highest pick since Russell Okung finished sixth overall in 2010, is a testament to his ceiling as a left tackle.
And secondly, he was already outstanding in two preseason games (which is a bit important). He didn’t allow quarterback pressure in his first game and responded with another strong performance in a loss to the Chicago Bears.
Tight end Noah Fant was also considered at number 10, as were quarterbacks Geno Smith and Drew Lock.
Cross’ blanket at his individual position was the tie-breaker here.
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