Round 1: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
The Miami Dolphins have drafted three offensive tackles in the first two rounds, signed a free agent tackle, and traded for two offensive tackles over the last two seasons. As you can tell, Miami has tried to fix their offensive tackle issues, but Miami still does not have a starting offensive tackle even with all of that.
You could argue that 2021 2nd round pick Liam Eichenberg is a starter, but Eichenberg has had a really rough rookie season and currently leads the NFL in sacks given up. Eichenberg has been playing left tackle, but I felt he was playing better at right tackle. But who knows, it is a mess regardless, which is why Miami needs to draft a tackle again and early.
No more getting cute and taking a project. No more trying to make a right tackle a left tackle or a left tackle a right tackle. Miami needs to draft a stud, and they do that here with Mississippi State’s offensive tackle Charles Cross.
Cross has made a monster jump from last season to this season, and he is a beast in pass pro. Miami needs a tackle that can pass protect, and that is exactly what Cross can do. NFL Draft analyst Ryan Roberts had this to say about Cross on his RiseNDraft.com Draft Database: “Five-star recruit. Huge grade growth in ’21. Consistent performances in both blocking facets w/ elite performances. Exceptional athlete. Could be great.”
Sign me up!