NFL Draft Scoutig Report: Davon Godchaux

LSU
Defensive Tackle #57
Junior 6’4” 299

  • Above average pass rusher
  • Plays with good pad level
  • Plays with good motor
  • Slow out of stance
  • Needs to get stronger

Davon Godchaux was a 4-star prospect coming out of Plaquemine High School in Louisiana. Being such a highly touted player, he had his choice of schools but ultimately decided to stay in his home state and play at LSU. He achieved immediate success as a freshman and was named a Freshman All-American based on his play.

In his sophomore year, Godchaux continued his terrific play for the Tigers. He was an intrical part of the the defensive line and showed his pass rush prowess with 6 quarterback sacks, which was capped off by his two sack performance in the teams bowl game against Texas Tech. In 2016, Godchaux once again provided the Tigers with an interior presence and had 6.5 sacks from his defensive tackle position. His play prompted him to enter the 2017 NFL Draft as an underclassman.

On the field, Godchaux brings a pass rush presence from the defensive tackle position. He plays with good pad level and has a nice arsenal of moves:

He gives good effort in the run game although his lack of power often causes him to be washed out of the play. When he uses his quickness, he is able to beat blockers and effect the play:

Godchaux’s main issue seems to be that very often, he is slow to react to the snap of the ball and does not get out of his stance. This causes the opposing offensive lineman to be able to drive him back in the run game or to get into their pass sets quickly.

Godchaux is a player who has ability but has never fully developed into a well-rounded player. He will need to get stronger to play as a three-down defensive tackle in the NFL. He can however rush the passer, and that is a trait that will keep him on an NFL roster as a rotational three technique. It may have been a better decision to stay in school for his senior year and develop his game more. But, he will most likely hear his name called on day three of the draft.

NFL Comparison: Jordan Hill

Round Value: 5th round

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