Cody has the size, strength and overall athletic ability to become an excellent
defensive back for the team that selects him. He has long arms that give him a
big defensive radius and long legs that will allow him to cover ground quickly.
He has solid change of direction skills and looks to be a good teammate with
important leadership skills. Cody wants to make plays and he wants to make
tackles; his physical style of play lends itself to him being the type of player
teams look for when they need a defensive back. He has solid tackling skills and
is a sure tackler once he gets his hands on you. Cody has the talent and
football intelligence to become a coach on the field if he can control himself
to go less for the big play and make the players around him better through
playing more consistency.
Biggest problem for Cody to overcome is taking poor angles in the open field and
missing tackles. Once he learns to play more under control and with fewer mental
mistakes he could become one of the best safeties from this draft class. Cody
has to understand that he plays the last line of defense. He has to allow the
game to come to him and not try to force making the big play.
Safety is as much a mental game as it is a physical game and right now Cody
lacks the mental portion of the game, but he does have very good athletic
talent. He might be a better fit as a strong safety up near the line of
scrimmage, but the problem with playing that position is that Cody doesn’t have
much bulk to his body, which may lead to a lot of injuries when playing up near
the line of scrimmage. He has the physical body type to be a good cover free
safety, but he has to learn better cover skills before he can impact at that
position. Therefore, right now, Cody can help on special teams and nickel-dime
coverage until he understands the more mental part of playing the safety
position and become a better open field tackler.