Scouting Report: Terrence Cody

Written by Will Spencer on February 23, 2010

Terrence Cody

Position: DT School: Alabama
Height: 6’3 5/8" Weight: 349 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 5.72

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

1st/2nd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 5
Quickness/Agility 10 6
Strength/Explosion 10 8.5
Athletic Ability 8 5
Durability 8 7
Character 6 5.5
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 9

Defensive Line Specific Categories


Max. Value


Run Stopping 8 7
Pass Rushing 8 5.5
Awareness 8 7
Hand Placement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System


An immovable object in short yardage situation. Commands a double team. Prototypical 3-4 nose tackle for the NFL and played this spot in Alabama’s 3-4 defense. Solid upper and lower body strength and can’t be blocked with a single offensive lineman. Gets a good push up the middle and can collapse the pocket. Good bull rush as a pass rusher. Violent player that has a mean streak. Good initial punch. Has shown ability to shed blocks. Tenacious. Long arms (34″). Above average ability to run down the play for such a big man. Added versatility as a special teams kick blocker and has been utilized as a fullback in short yardage situations.


Weight is a serious concern. Rumored to weigh around 400 lbs at times during college career. Motor is hot and cold and he was used on a rotational basis at Alabama. Fundamentals break down when he gets tired, causing him to stand straight up off the snap and lose leverage. Conditioning a huge concern. Slow first step.


Known as “Mount” Cody, he is exactly what NFL teams look for in a 3-4 nose tackle. Cody will demand double teams on every play but needs to improve his conditioning to be anything more than a rotational player. Teams may be concerned that his weight will get out of control and he won’t be able to play more than a few years in the league. Will be a nice addition to a 3-4 defensive team and could be a dominate nose tackle in the league. Transferred from Mississippi Gulf Coast to Alabama after two years of play. Reportedly was offered scholarships to Miami (FL) and South Florida, but was academically ineligible. Cody showed that he can work hard by dropping 21 pounds between the Senior Bowl and his pro day, going from 360 pounds to 349. Cody would best be suited in the 340 range and showed NFL teams that he’s willing to put in the work to get there. The big question will be, can he stay there? While I have Cody rated with fringe 1st round grade, don’t be surprised if he’s taken at the bottom of round 1 with all the 3-4 teams that have a need for a nose tackle; Arizona, Dallas, San Diego, Baltimore and the New York Jets. Cody won’t be on the board when those teams pick in round 2.


Transferred from Mississippi Gulf Coast JUCO and started two years at Alabama.

Awards and Honors

2009: Finalist for Bednarik, Lomardi and Nagurski Awards. Unanimous first team All-SEC. First team All-American.
2008: First team All-SEC. First team All-American.
2007: First team Junior College All-American.
2006: n/a


Unknown major at Alabama.


Missed two games with sprained MCL in 2008.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 28 12 16 0 0 0 0
2008 23 7 16 .5 1 0 0

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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