The Dolphins went back to defense, after selecting 3 defensive players in a row to start the draft with Harris, McMillan and Tankersley, then going offense with OG Isaac Asiata, it was DT Davon Godchaux who was chosen by Miami at pick #178.
Godchaux was a 3 YR starter at LSU, playing in 35 games. Godchaux finished up an impressive Junior season with 62 tackles (24 solo), 8.5 TFL, 1 PD, 6.5 sacks, and 2 FR’s.
Zierlein from NFL.com projected Godchaux to go between RD 2-3, but that obviously didn’t happen. Godchuax has good explosion, but at the moment, that’s his best quality. He’s a little undersized, underpowered, and not very instinctive. He’s going to have a lot of learning to do to be anything but a guy who is part of the rotation, and he’s also going to have to be dedicated in the gym. Short arms and 18 reps for an NFL DT isn’t gonna cut it. Still, Davon has potential, so it’s on our coaches to bring that out. Godchaux did improve his bench press to 22 reps at the LSU pro day, so there’s hope.
Good news for Godchaux is right now, we don’t have that much depth behind Suh and Phillips, so his competition at the moment is Lawrence Okoye, and fellow draft mate Vincent Taylor. Okoye, BTW hasn’t played a game in the NFL, but brings some interesting measurables to the table. At the 2013 Central Florida Pro Day Okoye at 6’6″ 304 ran a 4.78 40, (10 YD split of 1.67), 36″ vertical, 10.7″ broad jump, along with putting up 30 reps on the bench press. Maybe even more impressive, a seemingly impossible 3 cone of 6.68. At 6’6″ 304 lbs? That’s insanity! Oops, this article is about Godchaux!
The Dolphins need Godchaux to grow into a good NFL player, they really can’t spend anymore $$$ on the DT position, with Suh, and Phillips eventually due for a payday or his release after 2018, depending on which way his arrow is pointing. Hopefully, Godchaux can live up to his potential, and be a contributor in our defense, and not someone to just give Suh or Phillips a breather.
GO DOLPHINS! Zero in!