WASHINGTON (WDVM) – Maryland safety Nick Cross was the first Terp off the board in the 2022 NFL draft.

The Indianapolis Colts selected Cross with the 96th overall pick in the third round on Friday night.

“Very surreal moment, still hasn’t hit me yet,” Cross said. “But it was a good moment nonetheless.”

Cross is a native of Bowie, Maryland, and was named to the Big Ten honorable mention team all three years at Maryland. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash time by a safety at this year’s NFL combine.

Cross says he’s ready to contribute to the Colts right away.

“I just bring youthful energy, someone that will fly around and make plays, come in and play my role,” Cross said. “Whatever the team wants me to have and play it the right way, so that’s all I’m going to come in and do.”

Maryland Football has now had a player chosen in 26 of the last 28 NFL drafts and a defensive back chosen in three of the last four drafts.

Cross is the highest drafted Terp since Darnell Savage was selected by the Packers in the first round in 2019.