this series, Warpath Insiders looks at some players the Redskins might be interested in drafting with their first-round pick in the draft, whether they draft from their #9 spot or trade back in the round.
Dan Cody Vitals
40 Time: 4.68
Scout.com Draft Ranking: 12th overall, 2nd at position
Projected draft slot:Mid-to late-first round
Cody is an outstanding athlete best characterized as a high-motor player. He's explosive off the snap, displaying great first-step quickness, he possesses an array of moves to beat blockers, and he jumps inside of opponents or wedges between linemen to get penetration.
He lacks top size and has difficulty against bigger linemen; he must improve his play against the run.
Cody is an explosive pass rusher that gives outstanding effort. Works hard, and effective in pursuit. Undersized yet can add bulk in time and develop into a complete defensive end.
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.
Of course, there's that "If" there involving his size. It would seem to be a fairly simple matter to put him on the weights and get him bulked up to 280 or so in the next year, giving him the weight to power past blocks to add to the leverage he already possesses with his height.
Still, it's tough to take a player in the first round hoping that you can get him to grow into the position. Sure, you can get him to pack on the pounds, but what happens to his speed and quickness when you do that? Sometimes the player is able to maintain that, often he slows down that fraction of a step and loses a big edge.
Cody's motor can be looked at as some assurance that he'll remain an effective player even if he has to sacrifice some speed in order to get bigger. Regardless, you have to be cautious taking him in the top 20.
Fit With Redskins
At his present size, Cody would be a better fit in a 3-4 defense where lighter ends can thrive. It has to be tempting, however, for Gregg Williams and Joe Gibbs to look at Cody and imagine his 6-5 frame with 30 additional pounds on it.
Skins Draft Target: Dan Cody
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