The Steelers locked up Casey Hampton for another three years and can now start looking for an eventual replacement for "Big Snack", possibly in this year's draft.
There are a few intriguing possibilities for Pittsburgh, including Alabama's Terrence Cody in Round Two or Three.
Cody looks the part of a typical 3-4 nose tackle. To say he is large is an understatement.
He is a mountain in the middle of any defense and would fit the Steelers' scheme perfectly.
Cody is practically immovable, and he has the ability to neutralize double-team blocks.
Ideally, teams that employ a nose tackle require that the player have the ability to hold the point of attack and allow the linebackers to make most of the plays.
Cody is able to do this and consistently drives blockers into the backfield.
He doesn't accumulate many sacks, but he will collapse the pocket and flush the action to the defensive playmakers.
He is a menacing tackler who will clog the middle of the defense.
I'm not as concerned with his weight issues but more his ability to remain focused.
That's where the Steelers coaching staff would come into play—getting Cody prepared to play at a consistent level.
Hampton is a two-down player on the Steelers' defense, as Cody would be.
If he could stay motivated, Cody could become an anchor for the Steelers defense for years to come.
His recent weight reduction may be an indicator of his increased commitment. Let's hope so.
I'm also hoping that the Steelers give some thought to selecting the big man on draft day. It's not easy to find quality 3-4 nose tackles in this league.
The Steelers have one already. Maybe they can add a second.