It was never easy for Davon Godchaux. Coming from a rough upbringing where his father and brothers spent time in and out of prison, while his mother dealt with numerous health issues, Davon found grace in football and a means of shifting the frustration into motivation. His rough upbringing included a drive-by shooting at his own home. Davon would come home from basketball camp to a caution tape surrounding his home with a crowd flooding the front lawn. That was the day where everything changed for him.
It was football which gave purpose to Davon. A 4-star recruit out of Louisiana, he elected to commit to LSU so he could stay closer to home. In the season opener of his senior year, he went on to tear both his ACL and LCL. Despite that, LSU stuck by him. Godchaux would go on to enjoy an illustrious career in Baton Rouge where he would be compared to former Tiger great and top 5 NFL Draft pick, Glenn Dorsey.
Godchaux, one of two sets of twins, now has his eyes set on the NFL. After overcoming numerous obstacles in his life to this point, Godchaux is ready to celebrate his success as he anticipates his name being called come late April. When will it be called? As it currently stands, that is a big mystery.
Name: Davon Godchaux
Size: 6’3”/310/32 3/8” Arm Length
Comparison: Sen’Derrick Marks
Draft Grade: Day 2
Combine Results: 40-Yard Dash: 5.27 – Bench Press: 18 Reps
— Jonathan Valencia (@JonValencia_WiB) March 12, 2017
Positives: Runs off a timer allowing him to pinpoint the timing of the snap. Displays exceptional timing, jump, burst and quickness off the snap. Typically the first guy off the ball when he’s locked in. Disruptive, physical, penetrating presence who can collapse the pocket. Strong, upright punch. Timely arm extension when he needs that extra jolt/push against the linemen. Shifts momentum well to pull down linemen if he’s getting driven back. Good tackler. Hard stick with arm extended and swings with the ball carrier to corral. Strong grip on leg tackles. Stays upright on cut blocks and will pull away. Recognizes screens and will backtrack to get in position to make a stop. Moved all over the defensive line at LSU. Known for tremendous work ethic and desire to be a great football player.
Negatives: Relies too much on quickness and strength. Fails to get separation with hands. Technique and hand usage needs work. Too eager and aggressive at times and makes it easy to push him off his line of pursuit. Keeps his eyes in the backfield which will force a hard engagement from a linemen out of his peripherals. Struggles to make plays in space – even when he gets in good position. Tends to play a bit low and engage towards the linemen’s belly with his head dipped. Slow to come off blocks and pursue the ball carrier upfield. Looks sluggish at times – I question his stamina/conditioning. Anticipation off the snap forces encroachment penalties occasionally. Displays major inconsistencies. Struggled mightily against top tier prospect Ryan Ramczyk in the 2016 season opener. Tore ACL and LCL during Senior year of high school. Arrested late this past season after a domestic violence charge.
Outlook: Watching Godchaux, I quickly fell in love with his game. He’s a disruptive, penetrating force on the interior who displays tremendous timing off the snap with quickness and burst to match it. He has a really high ceiling, but also a low floor. He’s a “hit or miss” type prospect, but one worth taking a chance on during Day 2 of the NFL Draft. He displays some inconsistencies and still needs a lot of polish in his technique. However, with the right coaching, he would wreak havoc at the next level. Godchaux fits best as a 3-tech in a 4-3 scheme. He possesses the ability to collapse the pocket with his push in the middle. I highly value his upside, and would even take the chance on him as high as the 2nd round.