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Dare You To Run

With Cody in the mix, the Ravens might have the AFC North’s stingiest front wall.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

With their second-round selection of Terrence “Mount” Cody (57th overall), the Ravens added tremendous bulk to their defensive line.
 
He could make it near impossible to run the football against the unit, as well.
 
When Cody takes the field next to Haloti Ngata, the duo will combine for nearly 700 pounds of run-stopping power.  The Ravens ranked fifth among all teams in run defense in 2009, allowing only 93.3 yards per game, but the presence of a 349-pound monster suggests that number will shrink.
 
Baltimore had a streak of 39 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher broken last season.  The University of Alabama never let a runner top the century mark with Cody in the lineup, a span of two years.
 
The 57th-overall selection probably won’t have tremendous statistics – those will go to the linebackers Cody frees as he occupies multiple blockers.  Where Cody’s presence will show is how teams refrain from running up the middle.
 
Cody is not expected to start ASAP, as he will initially develop behind the stout Kelly Gregg.  But he could immediately become a key member of the run defense while working on his pass rush.
 
As Cody earns playing time, the Ravens will boast the AFC North’s heaviest front wall, that’s for sure. 
 
The Cleveland Browns’ top two defensive linemen weigh 660 pounds (Shaun Rogers, Robaire Smith), the Steelers’ Casey Hampton and Ziggy Hood combine for 625 pounds, and Cincinnati had Domata Peko and Tank Johnson in the middle, combining for 623 pounds.

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