Draft prospect: Shaun Cody

The Green Bay Packers struggled to put consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks last season, which usually made life miserable for the team's secondary. With that in mind, Green Bay will be seeking a defensive lineman who has the ability to create havoc in the trenches and sack quarterbacks.<p> One strong candidate for the Packers in the upcoming NFL Draft is defensive lineman Shaun Cody of the University of Southern California.<p>

The versatile Cody possesses the speed and agility to get to the quarterback when working off the edge, though, he spent four seasons playing tackle for the Trojans. He might be available when the Packers are on the clock with the 24th pick in the first round.

"Shaun is the kind of player you build around," said former Trojan defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. "He has savvy, maturity and he's so down to earth. We always knew he could rush the quarterback, but he impressed us with the way he played the run. He can do whatever we need him to do. Shaun is the key and what a difference he makes. The thing about him is he makes everyone around him so much better."

The Packers allowed 33 passing touchdowns, more than any team in franchise history and had the lowest-ranked passing defense of any Packers team since the NFL expanded to 26 teams in 1970.

Cody would either be in line to push Cletidus Hunt for a starting job at tackle, or Aaron Kampman at power end for the Packers.

Here is more information on Cody from Scout.com and NFLDraftScout.com:

Ht: 6-4

Wt: 293

40 time: 4.95

Year: 4Sr

High School: Attended Los Altos (Hacienda, Cal.) High his last three years, spending his freshman season at Damien (La Verne, Cal.).

Bio: Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman, winning both All-Conference and All- American honors the past two seasons. Finished his senior year with a career-high 45 tackles (29 solo), 10 sacks, 13 stops for losses, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three pass deflections while serving as team captain. He had 26 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a junior.

A versatile player with the ability to line up at any position on the defensive front wall, Shaun's hand usage andability to shoot the gaps with explosion led to him receiving numerous postseason awards as a senior. He was the first Trojan since Chris Claiborne in 1998 to garner Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors (shared award with Oregon State's Bill Swancutt).

Positives: Athletic defensive lineman who forces the action from either the end or tackle position. Quick off the ball, has the ability to change direction at full speed and displays a closing burst to the play. Gets leverage on opponents, quick with his hands and works to protect himself throughout the action. Strings plays out to the flanks and shows speed off the edge. Tenacious, chases hard and takes it to the ball handler. Outstanding techniques and moves. Stout at the point and effective defending the run or rushing the edge.

Negatives: At times easily wired in blocks or handled by a single opponent. Gets straight legged and stood up at the line.

Injury report: Suffered torn ligaments in his right knee vs. California (10/12/02), missing the final seven games of the season. He also sat out 2003 spring drills while continuing to recover from his injury.

Analysis: A super athletic prospect that can be used in a variety of defensive systems as well as a number of spots on the line, Cody possesses good upside for the next level. Offers growth potential which will only make him better as he physically matures. Should be a solid yet unspectacular player in the NFL.

Up next: Packerreport.com takes a closer look at Oklahoma safety Brodney Pool on Friday.

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