Second-Rounder Cody To Pair With Ngata Vs. Run
ALABAMA PRODUCT STUFFS RUN, PUSHES POCKET
By Joe Platania
Friday, April 23, 2010 - 8:15 p.m.
OWINGS MILLS -- Ten years ago, the Ravens stuffed the run better than any team in league history with Sam Adams and Tony Siragusa at defensive tackle.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Haloti Ngata and... Terrence Cody.
Cody, a 6-foot-4, 354-pound behemoth from Alabama -- alma mater to general manager Ozzie Newsome, was the Ravens' second draft pick, taken with the 57th overall selection midway through the second round.
Even though Cody is seen as someone with great size and agility, the man known as "Mount Cody" used to be even larger.
He had to drop over 50 pounds between his junior-college days and his first game with the Crimson Tide.
"I got my weight under control," said Cody, who believes his ideal playing weight is around 340.
Cody, expected to play alongside Ngata in the middle of a defensive line that lost two players (Dwan Edwards, Justin Bannan) to free agency this spring, helped Alabama win a Southeastern Conference title and an eventual Bowl Championship Series title by blocking a possible game-winning field goal in a victory over Tennessee.
Butkus Award-winning linebacker Rolando McClain -- cousin to Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain and the Oakland Raiders' first-round pick -- was able to roam the middle of the field thanks in part to Cody's penetration, a scenario that played out in Baltimore a decade ago when Ray Lewis firmly established himself as a ballhawk behind Adams and Siragusa.
Cody, a two-time first-team All-American pick, met Newsome at the Alabama spring game this year during the draft season run-up and was also scouted at the annual scouting combine and at the Senior Bowl.
Here is a thumbnail sketch on Cody.
(Second round, 57th overall selection)
Height/weight: 6'4", 354
Position: Defensive tackle
Strengths: Collapses the pocket up the middle in the pass rush, has quick feet
Weaknesses: Carries too much weight, has to get more versatility in pass-rush moves against NFL veterans
Quotable: "I'm not just a run-stuffer. I can push the pocket... When I visited (the Ravens), I kind of figured this was where I was going to be." -- Cody, soon after his selection
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ABOUT JOE PLATANIA
PressBox football beat writer Joe Platania, 46, is a Baltimore native and has been a multi-award-winning sports journalist for over 30 years, covering many different sports at all levels with insight, humor, a near-photographic memory and a keen, prescient eye.
A longtime member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and the Pro Football Writers Association of America, Platania (pluh-TAN-ee-uh) will in 2010 enter his 17th season covering professinal football, having manned the CFL Stallions beat for The Avenue Newspaper Group of Essex (1994-95) and the Ravens beat for PressBox and The Avenue, as well as several other publications and radio stations.
Platania is a much-sought-after veteran contributor to many talk-radio and television programs, and most recently was a contributor on WMAR-TV's "Good Morning Maryland" show last fall.
Previously, he frequently appeared on Comcast SportsNet's "Washington Post Live" and WJZ-TV's "Football Talk" post-game program with Marty Bass from 2002-04.
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He is one of only three Baltimore-based print reporters to have covered the Ravens during their entire history.
Platania is a four-time Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association award winner and was named Maryland Sportscaster of the Year in 1998 for his work on WCBM-AM (680).
Platania, a graduate of St. Joseph's, Cockeysville (1977), Calvert Hall College High School (1981) and Towson University (1985), is single and lives in Cockeysville.