Mississippi State OL Charles Cross drafted #9 by Seattle Seahawks

The NFL Draft has been around since 1936 and after all that time, no Mississippi State offensive lineman has been a higher draft day selection than left tackle Charles Cross.

Last night, the Seattle Seahawks picked Cross in the first round with their ninth overall pick, making him the fifth highest MSU player ever drafted.

In 2021, the former Laurel Golden Tornado allowed just two sacks in 919 snaps and just six pressures in 683 pass block snaps.

To put it simply, he dominated and now he’s taking that check to the bank. Cross said, “It’s just a very exciting moment. I was a little anxious. But once I got that call, I was just excited. I had a huge smile on my face. I’m glad I’m with the Seahawks. I’m glad I’m with that group, that organization. I’m just ready to get there and get to work.”

Mississippi State Head Coach Mike Leach said, “Great guy, very steady. When all hell is breaking loose, Charles is a steady, smooth guy. He creates a sense of confidence and stability to what you’re trying to do.”

“They’re getting a nasty player, a tough player, a player that is going to give it his all to be successful at the end of the day. Like, everything I have.”

Cross says he left for Seattle today and is excited to meet Head Coach Pete Carroll.

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