Mississippi State football: three Bulldogs flash talent at 2022 NFL Scouting Combine

OL Charles Cross, WR Makai Polk and CB Martin Emerson all competed in the NFL combine over this past weekend, and all three showcased the skills that placed them at the forefront of head coach Mike Leach’s squad this past season.

Chiefly among the three prospects is Charles Cross. Cross was predicted by many mock drafts to be a top-10 pick come draft day before the combine even began, and he showcased just why that was the case in front of plenty of prying eyes.

Cross turned in a 4.95 40-yard dash time, slotting him as the 10th fastest offensive lineman in the class in that area. The Laurel, MS native also turned in a 9-foot-4 inch broad jump, the eight best at his position. Cross has drawn play comparisons to Tampa Bay Buccaneer all-pro OT Tristan Wirfs. For reference, Wirfs is the same man that was handed the job of protecting Tom Brady in his 2020 rookie campaign. Any time a player can draw comparisons like that, good things tend to happen.

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