3. Charles Cross, T, Mississippi State
Average ranking: 4.9
Charles Cross is the best tackle prospect that could fall to the LA Chargers with the 17th overall pick. The top-two prospects in the draft are Evan Neal and Ikem Ekwonu. Cross is the next-best prospect and while the top two could both be top-five picks in the draft, Cross falling to the 17th pick is absolutely a possibility.
Cross would have to switch sides on the offensive line but that should not be much of an issue for the Mississippi State tackle. He has the skill set to translate to either side of the offensive line and while he will have his rookie hiccups, he would give the Chargers a foundation to build around at both left tackle and right tackle.
Cross projects to be a better pass protector when he comes into the league, which is more than fine for the Chargers who threw the ball more than anyone last season. In the running game, the Chargers have the left side of the line that they can absolutely dominate and when they want to run to the right they can use Tre' McKitty to help block when needed.
The free-agent market for right tackles is not the best so it seems like a foregone conclusion that the Chargers are going to draft a right tackle in the first three rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft. The question then becomes when the team is going to do so.
It all depends on the team's big board and if Cross falls to them at 17. If Cross is there, there may not be another player on the team's board that is worth taking over the right tackle.