Round | Team | Pos. | School | Name
LB (6-5, 257, 4.75)
Is a quick, instinctive, tough and versatile defensive lineman. Has experience rushing the passer off the edge and from the interior. Is a tough, aggressive and relentless pass rusher. Has good straight-line speed and closing burst to the quarterback. Is very effective on stunts and twists. Shows good COD skills as a pass rusher. Uses a lot of outside-in moves. Does a good job of using power moves to stand OT's up and will be able to consistently work back inside as a pass rusher. Has excellent run/pass recognition skills. Is experienced, disciplined and intelligent. Is a high-motor run defender that is at his best in space and on the move. He plays with good leverage and toughness versus the run. Will seal off the backside and keep his run-leverage. Does a very good job of finding the football quickly when he penetrates into the backfield. Has very good anticipation skills. Consistently gets a quick jump and shows above average explosiveness with his first two steps. He is active and has a high motor versus the run. Takes good angles in pursuit and is a powerful tackler. Has a terrific work ethic and is the type of player NFL teams want on their roster. He has a powerful upper body but lacks ideal bulk. Is a bit tall and lean. Lacks lower body strength and base to anchor versus the run. He will get pushed around a little bit too much when he lets OL get into his body. Clinical depression has been treated but still presents a long-term concern. History of fainting also is a concern. Cody played in nine games as a true freshman in 2000 and earned a starting job at defensive end as a sophomore in 2001, but left the team to deal with a medical condition (clinical depression) after the season opener and wound up using his medical redshirt that season. Cody returned healthy as rotating backup in 2002 before regaining his starting position as a junior in 2003, when he led the Sooners with 10 sacks. He started slow as a senior in 2004 but came on strong in the second half and finished the season (13 games) with 16 TFL and 10 sacks. Cody is on medication to treat his depression but it has seemingly had no effect on his play the last two seasons and doctors tell Cody that it should continue to be a non-factor. Cody lacks ideal lower body strength of an every-down DE in the NFL and he also lacks the COD skills to drop into coverage on more than occasion. However, Cody's upfield playmaking skills are what give him the potential to make a significant impact at the next level. Cody may need a season or two in a limited pass-rush specialist role but eventually he should improve his lower body strength and overall technique enough to contribute as a fulltime starter in the NFL. Cody is one of the elite DE prospects in the 2005 class and should come off the board in the mid-first round range.
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