PFF scouting report: Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU
Name: Davon Godchaux
Position fit: Played 5-technique at LSU, developmental pass-rusher in the NFL
Stats to know: Amassed 74 combined pressures (14 sacks, 15 hits and 45 hurries) in his final two years in college.
What he does best:
- Dangerous pass-rusher, recorded 17 knockdowns and 32 total pressures in 2017.
- Refined pass-rush technique, possesses a range of finesse moves to get into the backfield.
- Displays good hand placement to maintain spacing with offensive lineman attempting to kick slide.
- Shows decent bend and ability to change direction in the backfield.
- Good awareness, consistently tracks QB movement in pocket and intended running lanes.
- Moves well laterally, can disengage with a jump step to find free lanes to the quarterback.
- Strength can be an issue, frequently forced to retreat at the POA.
- Manhandled consistently by single blocks, gives ground consistently widening running lanes.
- Struggled against solo tight end blocks, not a good look for an interior defensive lineman.
- Allowed himself to be reached from 5-technique by a backside tight end on one ugly rep.
- Doesn’t always display maximum effort when battling multiple blockers.
- Poor balance against double teams, has to sink low to generate traction which often leads to overextension.
- Wound up on the deck time after time.
- Not particularly explosive, slow reaction times.
Player comparison: Cullen Jenkins, Washington Redskins
Cullen Jenkins was an undrafted project out of Central Michigan, requiring some added bulk to forge a career in the NFL. He was also a good athlete, who offered tantalising upside as a pass-rusher in the nickel. Godchaux fits a similar mold.
Bottom line: While he made strides last season, Godchaux has not been great against the run throughout his career and he’ll have to make his mark as a pass-rusher in the NFL. He’s been one of the more efficient pass-rushers in the nation over the last three years, and he has a chance to rush the passer in nickel and dime situations while working to improve his work in the run game.