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Charles Cross is getting ever-better for the Seahawks at left tackle

Seattle looks like they made a wise choice in 2022 when they chose left tackle Charles Cross with the ninth overall pick. While Cross struggled with a toe injury early in 2023, and had allowed 3 sacks through the first five games, Cross has only allowed 1 sack over the last six games. He has also allowed an extra 3 quarterback hits all year.

In Week 15, Cross had most likely his second-best game of the season. Against the Eagles, Cross gave up just one pressure and one QB hit. He also got to show off his athleticism, which is truly his strength, when he was able to break off from the line and block downfield after a short pass to Kenneth Walker III.

Cross isn't a perfect left tackle yet. He might never be, of course, but he has continued to improve as 2023 has grown old, even when the rest of the team has struggled at times. Pro Football Focus (subscription required) has him as the 27th-best tackle in the league, and 24th in terms of pass blocking.

The drop off between Cross and any other potential left tackle on the Seattle roster is vast. Jake Curhan has played 182 pass block snaps this season and allowed 26 pressures and 6 quarterback hits. Stone Forsythe has played 257 pass block snaps and and allowed 5 sacks and 27 total pressures. To have a great finish to the season, Charles Cross needs to stay healthy. If he can do that, he will be a very good player.