7–S Nick Cross, Maryland

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Cleveland, Ohio — Welcome OBR fans as we continue our latest concept featuring 20 prospects in 20 days before the 2022 NFL Draft.

Reminder: Our goal here is to highlight information, scouting reports, data and movies for our preferred prospects in a way that helps your readers understand the preferred prospects for the selections the Browns will have here from 28 to April 30. With no first-round picks, it makes sense to focus on the goals of those second- and third-round picks and learn more about those players. The best way to do this is to combine available screening reports, data collection and more.

Day 20: BOARD Josh PascalKentucky

Day 19: WR George PickensGeorgia

Day 18: WR Skyy Moorewest michigan

Day 17: iDL/EDGE Logan RoomHouston

Day 16: iDL/EDGE Cameron Thomas, State of San Diego

Day 15: WR Kyle PhillipsUCLA

Day 14: BOARD drake jacksonUSC

Day 13: WR Justin Ross, Clemson

Day 12: DT Travis Jones, Connecticut

Day 11: S Lewis Cine, Georgia

Day 10: WR Christian Watson, NDSU

Day 9: EDGE Alex Wright, UAB

Day 8: iDL Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma

We’re a week away from the first round of the draft, and the work of listing potential matches with the Browns in the 2022 NFL Draft is nearly complete. Today’s perspective to consider is Nick Cross, a young and athletic safety from Maryland. Cross was heavily recruited from a national high school in Maryland, De Matha Catholic. Cross had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Penn State, but committed to Florida State. Concerns over the instability of the coaching staff led Cross to opt out and choose Maryland under Mike Locksley instead. Cross started the three years at Maryland before leaving early to pursue his NFL career.

As we all know by now, the Browns under Joe Woods emphasized depth and versatility at the point of safety. Safeties are used interchangeably in Woods’ system, and they must be able to reliably tackle as well as cover each other in space. Cross has the athletic skills and versatility in his college experience to fit into this program. As a rookie, he would bring depth to the safe room and be a reliable contributor to special teams. In the long run, Cross could become the starting deep safety, or a more flexible piece like Grant Delpit or MJ Stewart who can be used in multiple positions in defense.

Let’s learn all we can about Cross.

Age: 20.63 (9/10/2001)

Height: 6’0″

Mass: 212 pounds.

Classroom: Junior

Hometown: Bowie, Maryland (Catholic DeMatha)

Awards: 3x Honorable Mention All-Big Ten

Range of selection: first 44, last 99


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