Strong Pro Day Could Put Terrence Cody Back In The Chargers' Mix



March 9th is going to be a big day for a very big man, as Terrence Cody and his Alabama Crimson Tide teammates host their annual NFL Pro Day. As one of college football's top programs, representatives from all 32 NFL teams are likely to be on-hand, and one of the things they'll all be wondering is just how much Terrence 'Mount' Cody weighs in at.

Dominant at times, Terrence Cody served as Alabama's nose tackle in Nick Saban's 3-4 defense, occupying multiple blocks and generally acting as an immovable object. At anywhere from 365 to 370 pounds, Cody was not easily lost among the many stars on the National Champion's defense.

As a pro prospect, Cody draws favorable comparisons to guys like Shaun Rodgers and Ted Washington with his massive size and incredible girth. However, showing up at the Senior Bowl at 370lbs didn't do him any favors. In fact, many began to slide him down their boards in the second round. Keeping his weight under control has been a struggle for Cody for most of his life, and NFL scouts began to question what his ultimate contribution to an NFL team would be.

At the Combine some weeks later, however, Cody showed up 16 pounds lighter at a much more digestible 354 lbs. That dedication to fitness boosted his stock a bit, even though he recorded the slowest 40 yard dash time of all defensive linemen.

And with Alabama's pro day fast approaching, Cody might actually be able to boost his stock even more if he shows up somewhere in the mid 340's. In fact, just showing he can maintain his Combine weight level will put many scouts at easy, possibly even the Chargers.

As the Chargers currently have no true nose tackle on their roster, they will likely look to draft one in April. Tennessee's Dan Williams would likely be their first choice, but where the Chargers are currently drafting late in round one, they would probably have a better chance of landing Cody than of Williams slipping to them. Also a potential consideration is a trade-down into the top of the second round where Cody possess the most value.

NOTE: I plan on breaking down Cody's game a bit more after I re-watch the National Championship game as well as the Senior Bowl. Check back next week for a scouting report. For now, check out his highlight tape:




YOUR TAKE

Should the Chargers consider drafting Terrence Cody? Is he worthy of a first-round pick, or should his weight fluctuations be a red flag? Is he worth a high draft pick if he is only a two-down player, or does his ability to clog running lanes make him a valued commodity? I'm interested in hearing your takes, so please drop a comment below.


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9 comments:

P-los said... Mar 9, 2010, 7:03:00 PM

I think Cody has the potential to be a good NFL player but i don't think he should be our 1st round pick if there is a better CB or DT available. Terrence Cody's size is his biggest attribute but his skill set is average; his rip move is none existent and besides his bullrush/stalemate he's got nothing. Combine that with weight issues limiting him to being a 2 down rotational player and he's not worth a 1st round pick, A guy like Kyle Wilson is much more worthy. I think Wilson makes the most sense since he's got the raw skills and work ethic to develop into a starting CB. Since the chargers drafted Vaughn Martin to play NT and Nwagbo has been working in the rotation nicely i think we stay away from the NT position in the first because we're still developing starters. Quentin Jammer on the other hand turns 31 next season and will have to be replaced soon.

Rob Zepeda said... Mar 9, 2010, 7:30:00 PM

Very solid breakdown P-los, I think you make a valid argument. I'm a little torn on Cody because I saw him do some really amazing things in college, whether is was blocking last-minute field goals to win the game or lining up at fullback to try and get Mark Ingram into the endzone.

At the same time, every year there are highly touted college D-linemen that can't take their game to the next level, guys like Glenn Dorsey, Alan Branch, Marcus Spears...the list goes on.

D-line is a very hard position to scout for even though it looks pretty straight forward

richie said... Mar 9, 2010, 11:10:00 PM

but dont forget corners tend to last a lil longer than most positions. BUT, maybe not jammer since hes a beast and he lays the wood

Anonymous said... Mar 10, 2010, 11:04:00 AM

AJ. I got a really good feeling about Ryan Matthews. Wow ! Let's go after this guy.

Lighting 72

Rob Zepeda said... Mar 10, 2010, 12:04:00 PM

UPDATE: Cody has lost even more weight, down to 349 at his Pro Day today. That's right where he needs to be, could probably emerge from an NFL training camp a svelte 340lbs

Anonymous said... Mar 10, 2010, 4:55:00 PM

Terrance really helping his cause this guy has heart! He looks good on film well see what happens. At a lower weight this guy speed will increase tremendously. I still Matthews... he cuts on a dime and has explosive speed. Not to mention his college # has been 21. However, A good nose tackle will be hard to pass up.

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Anonymous said... Mar 10, 2010, 4:56:00 PM

Man this guy has heart! He looks good on film well se what happens at lower weight this guy speed will increase tremendously I still like Matthews... cuts on a dime and has explosive speed. Not to mention his college # has been 21. A good nose tackle will be hard to pass up.

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Anonymous said... Mar 11, 2010, 7:50:00 AM

As we all know A.j. is very unpredictable. We never know really who were going to pick. However, we all know why we didn't be the jets last year. It wasn't because our defense, but instead our offense. we were one demensional last year. We couldn't run the ball cleary as our rank shows it 31st best LOL what a joke. I think we take running back 1st. maybe we trade up in the second to get cody but not to worried about it. Defense was solid last year with Ron rotating the the big guys up front. AJ has a plan, he always has. I think AJ would have got rid of LT sooner if spanos lets him. I think Spanos gives AJ full control and doesn't doubt him now. Plenty of happy days in front of us Charger fans.

Go Bolts!

ED said... Mar 14, 2010, 4:08:00 PM

wHO CARES HOW MUCH HE WEIGHS? DOES ANYONE REALLY THINK THAT JAMAL WILLIAMS WEIGHS LESS THAN 350? HE WILL NOT BE RUNNING 40YD.DASH IN A GAME. HIS JOB WILL BE TO PLUG UP THE MIDDLE. DRAW DOUBLE OR TRIPLE TEAM BLOCKING. THUS LEAVING THE LB'S CLEAN UP ON WHO HAS THE BALL. WHEN HE SIGNS HE WILL HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINER & COOK. SO LETS QUIT BEING SO NEGATIVE ON CODY.

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