Who stood out among the o-linemen in Friday’s scouting combine drills?

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Last season for the Bulldogs, Cross allowed two sacks, no quarterback hits, and 14 quarterback hurries on 719 pass-blocking reps, and he showed srong run-blocking abilities as well. It’s why he’s right up close with Neal and North Carolina State’s Ikem Ekwonu when people are talking about the best draft-eligible tackles.

Cross continued to set himself apart in Indianapolis with an official 4.95 40-yard dash at 6-foot-5 and 307 pounds, and he showed minimal wasted movement in the drills, further accentuating his strong tape. His 10-yard split of 1.73 was the second-best in his group, behind only Kellen Diesch’s 1.70, and Cam Jurgens’ 1.71.

Do not assume for one second that because Cross played in Mike Leach’s offense that he’s just a finesse guy in an Air Raid offense whose skills will not transfer easily to the NFL. In Cross’s case, the athleticism is a plus, but it’s not the only thing. He’s a nasty blocker in pass and run sets who brings Tampa Bay’s Tristian Wirfs to mind.

I had Cross going to the Chargers with the 17th overall pick in my pre-combine mock draft; the post-combine mock might see him in the top 10.






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