Cody was the Lions' second-round pick that season and went on to play in 53 games over the next four seasons, compiling 91 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He and quarterback Dan Orlovsky were the last members of the draft class to depart.
Lions officials have said they want to get bigger and stronger along the defensive line and have signed veteran Grady Jackson to start at nose tackle. They have also hosted Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji on a visit.
For those interested, below is the Lions' full 2005 draft class. They were not alone. As we noted earlier this month, only four members from that class remain with their original team throughout the entire NFC North.
Round 1: USC receiver Mike Williams
Round 2: USC defensive end Shaun Cody
Round 3: Stanford defensive back Stanley Wilson
Round 5: Connecticut quarterback Dan Orlovsky
Round 6: Oregon State defensive end Bill Swancutt
Round 6: Marshall linebacker Johnathan Goddard