Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Davon Godchaux

Davon Godchaux, LSU
6-4, 299
Godchaux missed all but one game of his senior season in high school, and still LSU kept by their offer. He ended up being a three year player in their program.
As a freshman, he recorded 42 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, three QB hurries, and a forced fumble.
As a sophomore, he totaled 41 tackles, nine TFLs, six sacks, one PBU, four QB hurries, and one forced fumble.
He finished his career after a junior season in which he totaled 62 tackles, 8.5 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, one PBU, and three QB hurries.
The Good
Explodes out of the snap and starts work immediately.
Gets his pads down and plows into people.
Extends arms early, and uses hands to work off blockers.
Eagerly takes on double teams to create plays for his teammates.
Excellent swim move.
He can sniff out screens, and has decent pursuit ability in lateral plays.
The Bad
Does not play every snap, and may be limited to two down duty, or being a third down specialist.
Limited ability as a pass rusher.
Seems to play more in a physical role than a mental role. Does not seem to be able to read blocking schemes well.
Stays with the blocker too long.
Had his better games against lesser competition.
Final Overview
Godchaux is a solid run defender who lacks overall skills as a pass rusher. He may be limited to two down duty as a rotational tackle, and that may be what some teams are looking for. He already received his degree from LSU, so that is an excellent reason to leave after three seasons. Godchaux has been through a lot, but it seems like brighter days are ahead of him. Look for him to go in the mid to late third round, but he has a solid shot on the next level, as his issues can be coached up.

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