Prospect Profile: Terrence Cody's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody inside.

Terrence Cody
School: Alabama
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6-4
Weight: 370
Projected 40-Time: 5.55

Star Rating: Grade: 88
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of February 1st) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Cody is a massive force, but isn't an every down player at the next level.
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Strengths: Cody is a massive force who makes others around him better. He’s so big and strong that he can take on two blockers, which allows others on the defensive line to be productive. He dominates in one-on-one situations and disrupts the flow of a quarterback. He’s a drag down tackler who’s able to shed blocks and use his reach to stop the action.

Weaknesses: He’s not an athlete, and if it weren’t for his size and strength, he wouldn’t be considered a prospect. He’s slow off the line and doesn’t offer much of a pass rush. He’s a situational defender at best; he can’t play every down. Conditioning is a major concern, and durability/longevity has to be weighed by the team that selects him.

Steuber Says: At 6-foot-4 and a generous 365 pounds, Cody has imposing size and does some great things in the trenches. The biggest problem is his conditioning and ability to play a complete game. He has tremendous strength and occupies blockers better than any other defensive tackle in the country, but he lacks explosion and quickness to create anything in the backfield. If he can lose 20 pounds and improve his quickness, Cody can be dominant at the next level. However, a 3-4 team that needs a force inside will select him in the second round.

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