OAKLAND RAIDERS: Is "Mount Cody" Worth The Climb?

Jason GereContributor IApril 23, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Watching the Oakland Raiders take Rolando McClain was no surprise. ( Read article : Did the Raiders tip their draft hand) Watching the 2nd round shape up though is . 

Mel Kiper Jr. has Terrence Cody as the 10th best player still available. Now I do understand that he is considered a 3-4 nose tackle and Oakland Does not play a 3-4  But with recent trades for Kamarion Wimbley , an outside rush linebacker in the Cleveland Browns system and the addition  of Defensive end Quentin Groves from Jacksonville  ( he is listed as a OLB on the Raiders website) it looks as if Oakland is quietly making a switch to the 3-4 or at least going to play some sort of hybrid 3-4 /4-3 defense. 

With Richard Seymore and Tommy Kelly at the end postion and the plethora of Linebackers  ( Trevor Scott, Kameron Wimbley, Thomas Howard, Quentin Groves, and possibly Kirk Morrison) Oakland may actually have solid pieces in place to make the switch. 


Currently only two team that pick before the Raiders in the second round have run a base 3-4 defense, the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs. With Scott Pioli running the Chiefs, Cody could be the new Vince Wilfork. 

If he gets past the Chiefs Oakland get a huge upgrade at a major area of need. Its been reported that Cody is stout against the run but needs to develope his pass rush skills. He would help immediantly in the 29th ranked run defense. 

Let me know what you think.......