Ravens draft Cody and Terry in the second round

New Raven Dan Cody

OWINGS MILLS – The Baltimore Ravens obtained another pass rusher to work in tandem with Terrell Suggs and a blocker to challenge right tackle Orlando Brown with their pair of second-round draft picks.<br><br> First, the Ravens drafted Oklahoma defensive end Dan Cody with the No. 53 overall selection. They plan to convert the aggressive 6-foot-5, 255-pounder to outside linebacker, and will also use him as a situational pass-rushing end.

Plus, they traded this year's third-round pick (No. 84), this year's sixth-round pick (No. 195) and next year's third-round draft pick to the New England Patriots to draft Syracuse offensive tackle Adam Terry with the 64th overall pick.

In particular, Cody seemed to fit the Ravens' defensive temperament with his hustling style and fast-twitch quickness.

He registered 25 career sacks, including 10 sacks last season for the Sooners, to go along with 117 career tackles, 49 tackles for losses and 42 quarterback pressures.

Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, who used to coach at Oklahoma, noted that Cody was even faster than Suggs.

The Ravens considered drafting Cody as a fall-back option in the first round if they had traded back from No. 22, where they wound up drafting Oklahoma receiver Mark Clayton.

"Dan Cody is a tenacious guy," director of college scouting Eric DeCosta said. "When you're playing our defense, you have to be able to run to the ball with effort and intensity and Dan Cody does that.

"The best thing he does is rush the passer whether he's rushing from the two-point stance or a three-point stance. He's got good speed. He's tough to compete with. With Suggs on one side and him on the other, it gives us some intriguing options."

Cody missed all but one game in the 2001 season when he left the team and was diagnosed with clinical depression. Cody has said he's certain he has a handle on this personal issue that he believes was triggered by his grandmother's death.

"We were very close," Cody told reporters at the scouting combine. "I think I've conquered it."

General manager Ozzie Newsome said the team's medical staff cleared Cody when he visited the Ravens' training complex.

"Our people have a good comfort level with Dan," Newsome said. "Our medical people gave him what we consider a passing grade."

Cody was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award given to the nation's premier defensive end last season. He was a unanimous All-Big Twelve Conference pick, recording 17 tackles for losses and a dozen quarterback pressures.

"He's a pretty relentless guy," DeCosta said. "When I was at Oklahoma, he stood out. Among all those other good players that they have this was a guy that in practice went all-out, all the time. He chases, he's a great pursuit player and he's going to fit in very well with our guys."
Four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Peter Boulware missed the entire 2004 season with knee and toe injuries and is on the trading block or a potential salary-cap casualty ($6 million base salary), according to reports.

When asked how Cody's acquisition affected Boulware's already-shaky status, Newsome replied: "Peter is still on this football team. You can't have too much depth."

Adalius Thomas is the likely starter at strongside linebacker with Tommy Polley playing weakside.

At 6-foot-8, 330 pounds, Terry is regarded as a good athlete who can pull well and reach the second level. An All-Big East Conference selection at left tackle who allowed only two sacks last season, he needs to gain bulk and strength to make more of an impact in the running game.

Offensive line coach Chris Foerster said that Terry will be given the opportunity to challenge Brown for a starting job, but won't be handed anything. The Ravens gave up a lot for a player that conceivably might not start.

"Adam Terry is a guy that can bend his knees and slide and pass protect," DeCosta said. "He's a developmental guy that can eventually start for the Ravens one day.

"He's just a blue-collar kid that's going to come to work every day and give us good effort. He was really too good to pass up."

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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