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Mock Draft Spotlight: DT Terrence Cody


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* draft analyst Bucky Brooks has defensive tackle Terrence Cody going to the Ravens at No. 25. Here's a little more information about Cody just in case he's right.
You don't get a nickname like Mount Cody for no reason.

Blocking monstrous 6-foot-5, 350-pound Alabama nose tackle Terrence Cody is like trying to move a mountain.

But that sheer size is both Cody's greatest advantage and biggest detriment. In the opinion of some analysts, he's an immovable force worthy of a first-round pick. According to others, he's too big for his own good and grades in the second round.

Either way, Cody could make sense for the Ravens, a team that lost two defensive linemen this offseason and is looking to maintain its dominance of stopping the run.

"We love those guys," Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta said. "Traditionally, we always had a lot of success with those big run-stuffing guys."

Lining Cody up next to Pro Bowler Haloti Ngata would naturally bring back memories of the Sam Adams and Tony Siragusa duo that helped lead the Ravens to their Super Bowl title.

Adams and Siragusa were two mammoths who plugged up the line and allowed Ray Lewis and his band of linebackers the freedom to chase down runners. Cody has a frame like Adams, who stood at 6-foot-3, 350 pounds.

"I think Cody's just a guy you can't move," DeCosta said. "He's a 350-pound guy, very strong at the point of attack, a deceptive athlete [with] very good feet in a short area. With all the 3-4 teams in the NFL now, I think both he and [Tennessee NT Dan Williams] are going to be very hot commodities."

Cody racked up 51 tackles and one forced fumble in two years at Alabama after he transferred from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. But stats aren't the scale for a nose tackle. Instead, judge Cody on this: no running back rushed for 100 yards after he stepped onto the Crimson Tide line.

But Cody's size is also cause for concern. Reports say Cody weighed in at 370 pounds at his Senior Day, which is just too big for a big guy. His weight drastically fluctuated while at Alabama, and according to, led to him tiring late in games and late in the season.

Cody did however trim down to a reported 349 pounds by the time of his Pro Day, which was attended by Ravens Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison. Reports are that Cody also visited Baltimore's Owings Mills facility. has Cody ranked as its 44th best overall prospect, which would place him in the mid-second round. But with so many defenses moving to the 3-4, a run-stuffing nose tackle like Cody is more in-demand than ever. That could mean Cody gets bumped up into the first round, where the Ravens may be waiting.

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