Cody will be a 22-year old NFL rookie in 2015. A SuperPrep All-Region and Clarion-Ledger “Dandy Dozen” selection as a two-way player at Sylva Bay Academy in Bay Springs, Miss., he is a fourth-year senior and three-plus season starter at Ole Miss. As a true freshman in 2011, he opened four games and posted 32 total tackles and an interception. In 2012, he enjoyed a breakout season with 80 total tackles and two interceptions and last year, he had another productive campaign when he totaled 71 tackles and led the SEC in interceptions with six picks. He earned first team All-SEC recognition in 2013 and is a consensus preseason awards candidate as a senior. Cody is a psychology major and is expected to graduate in December 2015.
Cody is a three-plus year starter for the Rebels as their free safety. He has a tall frame with long arms and is muscularly proportioned in his upper and lower bodies. Generally, he aligns into the boundary on the weak-side of the offensive formation. Cody stays square to the line-of-scrimmage, and reads the QB and the releases of the receivers on his side. In run support, he is a chest-up tackler in confined areas and uses his length to reach out and wrap when in space. In pass coverage, he is utilized as more of a zone defender where he can use his vision and instincts to react and break on the football. At times, he will swoop down from depth on a crossing route in Man-to-Man, but is rarely asked to cover a third wide receiver or tight end from a “down” position. Cody uses his eyes well and has excellent ball skills as evidenced by his 10 career interceptions.
Overall, Cody plays with instincts in diagnosing run/pass keys, brings a physical attitude in tackling and has range from the middle of the field. Still, he is a one-speed athlete who has some lateral misses in the open field, so he will need to quicken up his movements when trying to corral NFL-caliber ball carriers. He has starter potential in the future because of his size and nose for the football. Cody has forced 4 fumbles and recovered 3 during his first three seasons, and in their 2014 opening game vs. Boise State, Cody added another interception to his total.
WHAT NFL SCOUTS WANT TO SEE IN 2014: For Cody to be more sudden when changing directions and to show more initial acceleration when running to the deep part of the field.
2013: Texas, Alabama, Missouri
2014: Thursday, August 28 vs. Boise State