ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has moved Alabama nose guard Terrence Cody back into the first round as the No. 28 overall pick to the San Diego Chargers in his latest mock draft.
Cody weighed in at 370 pounds at the Senior Bowl and struggled at times with his conditioning, but Kiper thinks he's a classic run-stuffing nose guard and that a 3-4 team will grab him in the first round.
"People can ask why I moved Terrence Cody back up onto my latest Big Board, and consider him a first-round guy, and here's a case that illustrates why," Kiper said. "Regardless of questions on weight or build, when you look for that 3-4 centerpiece, a guy who has the physical traits of a block-occupying clogger who will let your linebackers play with freedom, Cody's that type of guy. Dynamic or not, you know what he can give you, and on draft day, and that's a huge consideration."
Cody is one of seven SEC players in Kiper's latest first round. He has Tennessee safety Eric Berry going No. 3 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida cornerback Joe Haden going No. 7 to the Cleveland Browns, Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain going No. 12 to the Miami Dolphins, Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap going No. 17 to the Tennessee Titans, Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams going No. 26 to the Arizona Cardinals and Florida center Maurkice Pouncey going No. 30 to Minnesota Vikings.