In back-to-back years at Alabama, NT Terrence Cody plugged the middle of a run defense that allowed less than 80 yards per game. At 6-3 5/8 and 354 pounds, “Mount” Cody appears to be the perfect fit for a 3-4 defense.
He earned consensus All-America honors in consecutive years, tallying 28 tackles and six tackles for loss with one batted pass and two blocked kicks (one of which preserved a win over Tennessee in the final seconds) for the No. 2 ranked defense and helping the undefeated Crimson Tide win a national championship in his senior season.
PFW recently caught up with Cody to discuss his playing weight, stamina and conditioning, the 3-4 teams interested in him and the hardest he has ever hit another player.
PFW: Have you weighed in recently? How much do you weigh?
PFW: What’s your playing weight going to be?
TC: Most teams say between 345 and 350.
PFW: Your weight has fluctuated in your career. What do you tell teams who might be concerned about your stamina and conditioning?
TC: I tell them I now have control over my weight.
PFW: You are one of the best run stoppers in the draft, what are you doing to stay on the field on passing downs?
TC: Get my stamina up and work on my pass rush.
PFW: How are you working on your stamina and pass rush?
TC: Doing drills. Pass-rushing drills, and I do a lot of sprints.
PFW: How often do you train?
TC: Two times a day.
PFW: Where have you been training?
TC: Athletes’ Performance Institute in Pensacola.
PFW: Who do you train with?
TC: Mostly people in the upcoming draft. Sam Bradford, Dan LeFevour, and Jermaine Cunningham from Florida.
PFW: Can you describe one of your recent workouts?
TC: Really nothing big. Just a bunch of small drills to prepare me.
PFW: What are your plans for Draft Day?
TC: We’re having just a little get together with the family in Virginia.
PFW: How do you like the new format for the NFL draft?
TC: Yeah. The draft is starting at 7 p.m. on a Thursday. It’s weird.
PFW: What teams have shown interest in you recently?
TC: Ravens, Chargers, and Denver.
PFW: So, mainly 3-4 teams are looking at you?
PFW: Have you heard from any 4-3 teams?
TC: A couple, but not a lot.
PFW: What team do you want to play for?
TC: It doesn’t matter.
PFW: Anything can happen on draft weekend, have you heard when you’re expected to be drafted?
TC: No. I’m just going to wait until my name is called. Hopefully, it’s the first round.
PFW: I heard in high school you hit a player so hard he was vomiting on the sideline, was this the hardest you’ve hit someone or have you hit someone harder?
TC: This was the hardest hit I had so far.
PFW: Can you describe the play to me?
TC: I really can’t remember much, but I remember hitting him fast and hard.
PFW: Did he play again that game?
TC: Yes. I hit him in the third quarter. He returned at the end of the fourth quarter or maybe it was OT, it was a close game.
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