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Thursday Round-Up: Charles Cross Named 2023 Breakout Candidate By ESPN

ESPN writer Bill Barnwell categorizes the next players league-wide to take a leap in 2023, with Seahawks tackle Charles Cross expected to “breakout” in Year-2.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, August 10 — about your Seattle Seahawks.

ESPN Calls Charles Cross a 2023 Breakout Candidate

Joining third-round selection Abraham Lucas, the pair became the first rookie tackle duo to start a team's first 15 games. Cross' play was a big factor in fellow rookie running back Kenneth Walker III rushing for 1,050 yards and quarterback Geno Smith having time in the pocket to lead the league in completion percentage (69.1).

In April, Nick Baumgardner of The Athletic named Cross as one of three Seahawks (Abraham Lucas, Riq Woolen) selected in the first round of the site’s 2022 NFL Redraft. Now, Barnwell breaks down why Cross can take a leap from starter to star, as Seattle looks to build a champion contender for the future.

The Seahawks feel good about the first year of outcomes from the Russell Wilson trade for a variety of reasons. One of the most immediate positive returns came with the first-round pick they netted from the Broncos last year. Cross stepped into the most obvious position of need on Seattle's roster and looked like he belonged from Day 1. Playing every single snap as a rookie, he locked down quarterback Geno Smith's blindside and helped form one of the more promising young duos in football with fellow rookie tackle Abraham Lucas.

Cross wasn't perfect. Stats LLC credited him with six sacks allowed, and he committed seven penalties, including three holding calls. There's still a lot to like here. Young left tackles Rashawn Slater and Jedrick Wills Jr. have set the bar impossibly high by excelling immediately as rookies in previous years, but Cross was well above the standard of the typical debuting left tackle. He should be even better with a year of reps under his belt.

The 22-year-old won't turn 23 until November, making him one of the youngest players on Seattle's roster. With a young core of talent on both sides of the ball, Seattle's future looks bright for a very long time.

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