With the 2010 NFL Draft coming up, there has been major speculation about whom the Steelers will draft. Countless articles and mock drafts have been done, and everyone has his or her own favorite college stars that they want or believe will be on the Steelers roster next season.
One player who has been on a large percentage of these articles and mock drafts is none other than the behemoth Alabama nose tackle, Terrence "Mount" Cody (or as I like to call him, Bigger Snack).
A pure, true 3-4 nose tackle, Cody is a dream for any ILB, and a nightmare for any center. He will easily be the largest man on the field at any given time, one of the toughest to block, and will be wearing the largest pants and jersey. He knows how to stuff the run, and loves doing it.
Most people, however, including myself, do not believe he is worthy of a first round pick. His weight is a concern, although he has gotten it somewhat under control, conditioning is perhaps an even bigger concern, and finding a large enough hotel room to accommodate Cody is up there on the list of concerns as well. And I haven't even mentioned the grocery bill.
It would be very difficult to draft Cody in the first round over talents such as Rolando McClain, Taylor Mays, Mike Iupati, etc. You can also pretty much eliminate any 4-3 teams, as Cody is not your ideal 4-3 DT. That leaves about half of the teams to draft him, but most teams would go for the McClains, the Bulagas, and the Spillers over a guy like Cody.
The Steelers also have more glaring needs to be addressed in the first round than nose tackle. Additionally, they will likely be drafting the best available player on the board. Which isn't likely to be Cody.
This is why I believe he will not be picked by the Steelers in the first round. But what about Round Two, you ask?
Well, the Steelers would be popping bottles of champagne if Cody fell to them in the second round.
The Steelers have round position 18, the 52nd overall pick.
In front of them in the second round are six teams that run some form of a 3-4 defense, including Kansas City, which has both the 36th overall and the 50th overall picks.
That means there are seven chances for Cody to be picked before the Steelers in the second round. Kansas City is a team that has a strong need of a dominant NT, and with two second round picks, including one that is two picks before Pittsburgh, there is a very good chance that they will have an opportunity to draft the big fella.
I am sorry to all of the Steelers fans who love Terrence Cody; no matter how much you may want him, no matter how much I want him, the chances of him being drafted by the Steelers are very slim.