Photo of Davon Godchaux
Drafted By: Dolphins

Combine Results

Grade
5.3 ?
  • 5.27 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Miami finished 2nd to last in rush yards/att (4.84) allowed last season. Any and all defensive line help is welcomed in south Florida. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 310LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Godchaux had a rough life growing up in Louisiana, even having his home riddled by bullets in a drive-by meant for one of his brothers. Despite missing all but the opener of his senior year in high school, LSU stuck by him -- and it's paid off. He started 10 times as a true freshman (including the final nine) on a line full of NFL talent, making 42 stops. The next year, Godchaux started every game, making nine plays behind the line including six sacks (two against Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl). SEC coaches left him off their all-conference teams in 2016, but the junior tackle played very well (7.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks). The lack of accolades had more to do with the number of sack artists in the conference, rather than a tale of his talent.

Analysis

Strengths

Gets out of his stance and into the blocker with good hip explosion. Plays with proper pad level at point of attack to create desired leverage. Hands-first striker who gets early arm extension. Utilizes hands and leverage for quality read-react positioning in the trenches. Hard to turn out of hole by single blockers. Well-coached. Has feel for double teams and looks to take them on quickly and with proper technique. Shows some early gap quickness when allowed to play upfield. Creates his best pass-rush opening with arm-over move. Decent pursuit quickness and makes attempts to chase down screen passes from backside.

Weaknesses

Short-limbed pass rusher with squatty build of a bulldog. Undersized for interior work. Has issues fighting off double teams. Has difficult time reaching through the edge and pulling himself over the top. Might need more snaps off as motor seems to lose gas. Guards with a strong anchor put his pass rush in neutral. Often last defensive lineman out of his stance. Not very instinctive. Guards able to reach and hook his outside shoulder to seal him on play-side. Needs quicker disengage to tackle. Sack numbers came against lesser competition.

Draft Projection

Round 2-3

Sources Tell Us

"I want to see him make more impact plays. He plays team football, but at some point he's got to go make more plays that matter." -- Southeast regional scout for AFC team

NFL Comparison

Khyri Thornton

Bottom Line

Undersized three-technique who played with the punch and arm extension to set a strong edge even though he might be a better fit for a one-gap unit. Options could be limited as he lacks the mass to hold up against double teams, and he might be missing the traits to create quick wins as a pass rusher. He projects as a 4-3 rotational tackle with very little sub-package value.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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