Former Alabama Crimson Tide behemoth nose tackle Terrence Cody’s NFL career is off to a rough start. A day after it was reported that he had inked a four-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens worth max value for his draft position, it has been reported that he failed a conditioning test and has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Cody, the 57th overall pick, was a two-time All American at the University of Alabama. He clogged the middle for the Tide for two seasons and was instrumental in their National Title run last season and Alabama boasting one of the top run defenses in the nation since his arrival on campus.
His shining moment in his career with the Tide was his season saving blocked field goal against Tennessee that kept Alabama undefeated en route to their first National Title since 1992.
His success at the Capstone led him to being a second round pick by the Ravens in April. His slip into the late 2nd round was solely due to concerns about his physical abilities. It wasn’t known if he could be anything more than a two down player like he was at Alabama in the NFL.
It looked like Cody would do whatever it took to prove all of his doubters wrong. He dropped 17-pounds from the time of the combine to his Pro Day at Alabama. He looked to be in the best shape he had been in a long time.
Cody was eager and ready to begin Training Camp with the Ravens on Tuesday, but he was held out of practice by Head Coach John Harbaugh because of his failing the conditioning test.
This is not the way Cody had hoped his NFL career would start, but it isn’t an insurmountable thing to get over. We have seen in the past that nose tackles struggle with their shape and sometimes have to be held out of practice because of it. Two-years ago, a similar thing happened with Casey Hampton at Steelers training camp.
Hampton rebounded to make the Pro Bowl in 2009.
Terrence Cody cannot let this minor setback get him down. This should only make him want to work harder so he can get out on the practice field as soon as possible. I know all of the Cody naysayers are relishing this moment to be able to say “I told you so.” This is just the kind of thing that those who opposed Cody were expecting to happen.
So far, they are right. Cody’s size has already proven to be problematic and he hasn’t even played a down in the NFL yet.
This Alabama fan hopes that this inspires Cody to work even harder to prove all of his doubters wrong. I got the pleasure of watching him for two years at Alabama and I have no doubt of his potential to be a good NFL player and clog the middle with the Ravens just like he did with the Crimson Tide.
The best news for Cody is that he has the locker room presence of guys like Ray Lewis to make sure he works hard to get on the practice field for training camp soon and I expect it won’t be too long before we see Cody put on the pads and join his mates in camp.