Today was the deadline for my selection for the Arizona Cardinals in the BGN Mock Draft. I really appreciate the help and friendly responses I got here at ROTB, and it really helped me make my choice. And my selection was...
Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama.
Unfortunately it seems like bad timing on this selection, as I have made this pick less than one day after the first part of what seems to be a multi-section criticism of Mr. Cody was posted here. I still think he was the best choice at this spot considering who was left on the board, and I know there are still a lot of people high on Cody here so I'm content with the pick. LB Sean Weatherspoon almost made it, falling to the Eagles at 24th. Weatherspoon was actually a controversial pick for us, considering S/CB Earl Thomas fell all the way to the 25th pick for the Ravens. I would have had a hard time turning down Thomas with the 26th pick, but I really felt that NT was a more pressing need. Luckily Thomas went just one pick too soon, making my choice easier.
Here's my write up, and I'll include a link once the pick has been posted on BGN so you guys can watch the Eagles fans be Eagles fans and irrationally attack my intelligence/sanity as has happened for almost every pick. Enjoy!
"The Cardinals are a very solid team, both offensively and defensively, which explains while they are picking at the 26th spot in the draft. Quarterback is still a question after the retirement of Kurt Warner, but with Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson competing for the starting job the hope is that one of them will step up and play well. I personally like Leinart and think he can lead that team, but since the best QB available in the draft is Colt McCoy, the QB debate is neither here nor there. Anquan Boldin was traded to the Ravens, but Steve Breaston and Early Doucet are ready to step up and fill his shoes. Their former MLB and arguably best defensive player, Karlos Dansby, is in Miamiand while the addition of Joey Porter on the outside solidifies their OLB corps, MLB is still a significant need. Nose tackle is a big weakness, and CB Bryant McFadden had an off year. Antrel Rolle, as we’re all well aware of here on BGN, is now with the Giants, and to replace him the Cardinals traded for Kerry Rhodes.
My decision was to pick Alabama DT Terrence Cody, a mammoth of a man who tips the scales at 354 lbs and stands 6’5”. While some scouts think that Dan Williams (selected by the Texans in this mock draft) will be the best NT, Cody’s impressive size and strength leads me to believe otherwise. While not terribly fast (5.6 speed in the 40 yard dash), Cody is an absolute mauler who forces offenses to double-team him. He helped Alabama’s defense completely shut down the run, and the Crimson Tide did not allow one player to gain 100 yards on the ground in a game during the 2009 season. He also compiled a fair number of sacks and is known for his blocked kick against Tennessee. Cody will have an immediate impact on the Cardinals run defense, improving a defense that allowed 13 rushing TDs and over 1800 rushing yards while allowing 4.5 yards per carry last season. He reminds me of NT Jamal Williams (formerly of the Chargers, now playing for the Broncos) who has been one of the dominant NTs for the past decade. This is a safe pick for the Cardinals, as Cody was a projected Top 5 overall pick last year before deciding to return to the Crimson Tide for his senior campaign.
With LBs Rolando McClain, Sergio Kindle, and Sean Weatherspoon off the board the most sensible pick was NT. Terrence Cody is the cream-of-the-crop at his position and he should make an immediate impact on the Arizona Cardinals."
If anybody decides to join in on the BGN discussion I apologize in advance for the other Eagles fans.
Thanks again for the help, and I hope this was a satisfactory pick!