Draft Lab: Terrence Cody's stock

The two blocked kicks against the Vols were nice, but concerns persist on Mount Cody

Originally Published: November 3, 2009
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Terrence CodyKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesCody (62) after one of his two blocked kicks against Tennessee.

The NFL scouting combine has a wide variety of drills to gauge a player's proficiency in many physical areas -- the bench press measures strength, the vertical jump and broad jump grade short-area burst capabilities and the 20- and 60-yard shuttle drills rank a player's ability to start and stop quickly.

As valuable as these training methods are, after looking at game tapes of Alabama Crimson Tide nose tackle Terrence Cody, it is clear there is one physical attribute the combine doesn't measure that it badly needs to.

That attribute is endurance. Look at Cody's relative lack of playing time in a key, four-game SEC stretch that the Crimson Tide recently went through (at Kentucky, at Mississippi, vs. South Carolina, vs. Tennessee).