The Ravens have agreed to a three-year deal in principle with nose tackle Terrence Cody, who should have a major impact on the team’s run defense this season.
Cody, the second of the Ravens' two second-round picks this year, is expected to rotate with Kelly Gregg throughout the season. His strength and quickness stood out in the Ravens' offseason camps.
"We are really, really pleased with the player we see," defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said. "All the things we hoped, all the things we thought we saw either on film or at our workout or heard by word of mouth from coaches we respect ... all those things up to this point have been coming through."
The Ravens showed some cracks in their run defense, even though they led the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed per carry. Their streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher ended at 39 games last season, when Cedric Benson gained over 100 yards against the Ravens in both meetings.
Cody, who starred at Alabama, has a streak of his own. No one gained 100 yards rushing against the Crimson Tide during Cody's 26 starts there when he routinely occupied two blockers in the middle.
"Cody is a prototypical run-stopper who fits what we do in Baltimore," Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said. "He's a big guy who's stout and strong inside. He does a good job playing two gaps with that ability to take on blockers and help shut down running games."
An earlier version of this blog had an incorrect number of years for Cody's deal. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.
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