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NFL Draft Prospect Preview - Cody Schrader

by J.T. Toth

Photo courtesy of Missouri Athletics.

At Draft 412, the NFL draft talk never ends. We will keep you ready for the next set of gridiron stars—from today and all the way until draft night 2024. We will bring you mock drafts, player profiles, individual team needs, and everything else you may need related to the 2024 NFL Draft.

Today’s Spotlight - Missouri, Running Back, Cody Schrader

Name- Cody Schrader

Pos- Running Back

Team- Missouri

HT/WT- 5’9” 214 lbs.

Born- N/A

Home – St. Louis, MO

Cody Schrader attended Lutheran South High School and holds 17 school records including total yards, touchdowns and rushing yards. He was proficient on both sides of the ball and was a 4 time All-Conference selection at both running back and linebacker. He holds the records for most tackles in a season and in a career for Lutheran South High. Despite all his success in high school, Schrader did not receive Division One offers and instead committed to Truman State.

Schrader redshirted in 2018 while earning academic All-GLVC accolades. In 2019, he played in all 12 games and carried the ball 96 times for 605 yards

After a canceled Covid 2020 season, Schrader had an incredible campaign in 2021, rushing the ball 300 times for 2,074 yards and 24 touchdowns. He was named the 2021 GLVC co-Offensive Player of the Year and transferred to Missouri, walking onto the Football team.

Schrader made the most of his situation, and led the team in rushing yards with 746 and 9 touchdowns and was given a scholarship after the season by Missouri. This season, Schrader stormed onto the scene and is a big reason for Missouri’s 10-2 season. He is 2nd in the nation in rushing yards with 1,489 and has scored 13 touchdowns for the Tigers. He averaged 6.0 yards a carry and also has been a part of the passing game with 22 receptions.

Cody Schrader runs low to the ground with low pad level, making it difficult for defenders to be able to square up on him. He has excellent vision and a feel for cut-backs, picking up chunks of yards after it appears that the defense had him stopped. He demonstrates great contact balance and is not easily brought down by arm tacklers.

In pass pro, Schrader is a willing blocker and a competent pass catcher who runs good routes and with reliable hands. He knows when to be physical and has a good stiff arm, and also knows how to use his lower half to drive through defenders.

On the downside, he’s not a speed back and although he has a good burst, he struggles to get the corners and will not be a homerun threat at the NFL level. He goes out of his way to create contact and leaves yards on the field at times. He is a very decisive runner but at times does not give pulling guards and blocking schemes a chance.

Jerome Ford is a possible NFL comparison to Cody Schrader. Ford was a 5th round pick in 2022 out of the University of Cincinnati and is now a contributing running back in Cleveland. Both Ford and Schrader run low and hard, and they both seek contact. Ford lacks breakaway speed, too but makes the most of his carries in Cleveland. Schrader should be drafted around the same time as Ford was, and he has the upside to be a solid contributor for an NFL team.


  • Pass catching

  • Vision

  • Runs hard and low

  • Cutting ability


  • Patience

  • Speed

  • Big play threat

Final Analysis

Cody Schrader has done as much for himself as any other running back in this draft, and all his perseverance is about to pay off. He is a complete running back and although he lacks speed, he can be a contributor to a running back committee in the league.

Draft 412 Draft Projection - Round 5 or Round 6

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