Falcons Draft Targets: DT Shaun Cody

FLOWERY BRANCH – Going into the 2005 NFL Draft, Atlanta has needs at each position – some more than others, but each spot can improve with a solid draft and college free agent signings. Here is a look at one such player.

Player: Shaun Cody – Defensive Tackle

Info: Most consider Cody the second best defensive tackle in the upcoming draft. He won two national titles at Southern Cal with former NFL head coach Pete Carroll. Cody is consistent, but also has big play abilities – he showed that while at USC. The knock on Cody seems to be the position he will end up playing: defensive end or defensive tackle. His body is not perfect for either, but some compare him to Denver's Trevor Pryce.

Why the Atlanta Falcons would be interested: Getting a player like Cody to go along with Chad Lavalais and Rod Coleman could bolster the interior of the Falcons' defensive line. However, Cody could wind up playing on the outside of the line, if needed, but that seems unlikely considering the amount of players the Falcons have there now.

Final Say: If the Falcons take Cody it will likely be with their first pick in the first round – Cody won't be around after that. The question is if the Falcons are comfortable using their first pick on a position that is not either wide receiver, cornerback, or safety.

Scout.com: "A super athletic prospect that can be used in a variety of defensive systems as well as a number of spots on the line, Cody possesses good upside for the next level. Offers growth potential which will only make him better as he physically matures. Should be a solid yet unspectacular player in the NFL."

Height Weight 40 Bench Vertical Broad Shuttle
6-3 7/8 292 5.03 34 30 8-1 4.54

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