1b. First Round via MIA: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
It does not matter how many playmakers you have. If the offensive line is not solid, then you have nothing. As of right now, the Eagles’ offensive line may be the one area on the offensive side of the ball that needs new faces and new aggression.
It’s easy to look at the wide receivers and say they need more help, but they can be found later down the line. For now, it’s time to beef up the trenches and get some help. That’s why, with the pick acquired from the Dolphins, Philadelphia grabs Mississippi State’s Charles Cross. At 6’5″ 310, Cross fits the measurables category. In terms of competition, he checks off that box, having played in the SEC.
He has strong arms with good length, and he can start as a guard and thrive there if needed. However, he is better suited to play tackle and use his agility to control the line. However, his concerns mainly focus on pass protection consistently. At times, Cross has struggled against quicker edge rushers, which will need to be tuned; else, he will likely be asked to put on some weight and shift inside to guard.
This is more of a value pick. On a more serious note, this would benefit the franchise moving forward. Jordan Mailata may have a hefty contract but has struggled at times, often leading to Jalen Hurts running for his life. Additionally, though Lane Johnson has been terrific, age is catching up, and eventually, it will be time to move from one of the heartbeats of the team. If Cross can develop as a tackle, whomever the quarterback ends up being can be assured that he will be protected well.
The offensive line gets some help, but the defense still needs help, and they get a big blessing, as evidenced by the next pick, a pick that Philadelphia gets as consolation for the Carson Wentz trade.