Draft prospect: Dan Cody

One defensive end that the Green Bay Packers may consider selecting in the April 23-24 NFL Draft is the University of Oklahoma's Dan Cody. The Packers need help pressuring opposing quarterbacks and Cody, who might be available when Green Bay is on the clock with the 24th overall pick, is an explosive pass rusher that gives outstanding effort.<p>

Green Bay's current starting defensive ends are Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Aaron Kampman. The Packers would like to take some of the pressure off of Gbaja-Biamila by adding another pass rusher to the defensive line. Cody is somewhat undersized, but works hard and is effective in pursuit. He has the frame to develop into a complete defensive end.

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

Height: 6-5

Weight: 254

40 Time: 4.68

High School: Ada (Okla.) High School

Scout.com Draft Ranking: 12th overall, 2nd at position

Projected draft slot: Mid-to late-first round

Bio: Two-year starter. All- Conference player the past two years and an All-American as a senior. Last year, Cody was an All-Big 12 first-team pick after posting 42 tackles (27 solo) as he matched his career high with 12 sacks, 12 pressures and 17 stops for losses. He turned in a stellar junior campaign in 2003, delivering 43 tackles (24 solo) with a career-high 10 sacks, 17 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 17 pressures.

In 42 games as a Sooner, Cody registered 117 tackles (61 solo) with 25 sacks for minus-162 yards, 49 stops for losses of 209 yards, 42 quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and five pass deflections. His 25 sacks rank second in school history behind Cedric Jones (311/2, 1992-95). His 41 tackles behind the line of scrimmage rank sixth in Oklahoma annals.

Positives: Outstanding athlete best characterized as a high-motor player. Explosive off the snap, displaying great first-step quickness, possesses an array of moves to beat blockers, and jumps inside of opponents or wedges between linemen to get penetration. Comes off the edge with force, pursues from the backside with speed, and makes plays in every direction. Alert, quickly locates the ball and has the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack. Deceptively strong and tough to move off the point. Plays with great balance, body control and rarely off his feet. Effective dropped off the line of scrimmage and makes plays in space.

Negatives: Lacks top size and has difficulty against bigger linemen. Must improve his play against the run. Sometimes Cody's high motor gets the best of him. He gets a little too eager to penetrate and a smart quarterback can draw him offside by changing up the cadence. When he plays at a low pad level, he can easily sink his hips and shoulders to drive with power after initial contact. He flattens quickly and has the suddenness to come up and under.

Injury report: 2001 – Left the team after the season opener vs. North Carolina to seek treatment for clinical depression.

2002 – Sat out the Texas A&M and Baylor games after suffering a concussion vs. Colorado (11/02).

2003 – Missed the Colorado game after spraining his ankle vs. Missouri (10/18).

Analysis: A defender who combines outstanding playing speed with tenacity and football intellect, Cody has the abilities to be a productive pass-rushing end at the next level that could eventually develop into an every-down lineman in a conventional defense.

Cody has some phyical liabilities (size, bulk, weight-room strength) that cause him to sometimes get washed, widened or steered away from the play. But he is a tireless worker who pushes himself and others to succeed, but sometimes gets too excited: He once scared the coaching staff when he was yelling on the sidelines during the 2004 Texas A&M game and suddenly blacked out. That, along with his 2001 bout with clinical depression, could scare off a few NFL teams. But nevertheless, he is a fearless athlete.


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