Davon Godchaux looking to keep building in 2020

Originally selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Davon Godchaux has quietly become a stalwart along the front of the Dolphins defensive line. The 6’3″ 315lb interior lineman has steadily seen his workload increase and has continued to raise his game.

2017 was a very different time for Miami’s defensive line. Drafted into a group that featured veteran producers like Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh, Godchaux was the third defensive player taken that draft after Charles Harris and Cordrea Tankersley.

With Charles Harris recently traded, and Tankersley buried in the wilderness of Miami’s roster, Godchaux has become the Dolphin’s major defensive success from that draft.

Davon Godchaux posted 12.5 sacks while at LSU

Davon Godchaux from Tiger to Dolphin

Playing in 35 games during his collegiate career, Godchaux was seen primarily as a pass-rusher by some, with Bleacher Report saying: “He is still a bit raw and isn’t very well-suited against the run at this time. He can work well as a situational pass-rusher at the start of his career, being used primarily in obvious passing downs”.

However, from his first year to 2019 he has consistently graded better against the run than the pass (per PFF), including a grade of 84.0 in 2018. Ranking joint-first in the NFL for solo tackles by a DI in 2019 with 52, Godchaux has improved his performance in each of his three seasons in Miami.

Davon Godchaux continued to improve under the new regime in 2020
Davon Godchaux continued to improve under the new regime in 2020

While his run defence continues to be stout, his pass rush game continues to improve. He has found coming after the QB from the tackle spots a lot harder in the NFL, however, his 18 pressures in 2019, coupled with 2 sacks are both career highs.

In 2019 under the new regime of coach Flores, Godchaux saw his snaps increase to 713, up from 672 in 2018, and 500 in 2017. He also found himself being moved around the line more than he has in other seasons.

Coach Flores gave Godchaux his most ever reps in a season at NT, with 162 snaps compared to a previous high of just 30 in 2018. Most of his snaps continued to be at DRT a role that suits his talents more, allowing him to use his quickness and fluidity to penetrate into the backfield to make more of an impact on plays.

The addition of raw rookie Benito Jones in free agency could offer a chance for Godchaux to play more snaps alongside a genuine NT which could help his game develop further over the coming seasons.

Godchaux still has room to grow into his role as a starter. He led the league in missed tackles in the run game with eight and needs to consistently apply more pressure on the QB. However, his trajectory is definitely on the up.

If Davon Godchaux will look to improve his pass rush in 2020 © Charles Trainor Jr
If Davon Godchaux will look to improve his pass rush in 2020 Ā© Charles Trainor Jr

Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Davon Godchaux will make $2.1 million dollars in 2020. Expect to see an extension, possibly before the season begins as the Dolphins look to cement the interior of the defensive line for the future.

Not to be overlooked is the work that Davon Godchaux has been doing in the community and his overall impact on the locker room. He has done a lot of work mentoring children, working with at-risk youth, and supporting the Dolphins Cancer Charity.

He also has his own charity foundation, Chauxdown Inc., that provides at-risk youths with programming that supports their education, fitness, and overall well-being. He was the Dolphins 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee.

For more like this, you can visit our opinion section, our analysis section. Also, follow us onĀ FacebookĀ and Twitter for news, views, competitions, and much more.

Similar Articles

Comments

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Miami Dolphins shore up receiver room with signings

In need of some bodies in the room after the opting-out of Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns, the Miami Dolphins have signed...

How COVID-19 May Affect Tua Tagovailoaā€™s Rookie Season

The Miami Dolphins are now back in training camp after one of the craziest NFL off seasons. Fans got to see a...

Dolphins options weaken as Albert Wilson opts-out

Less than 24 hours after fellow receiver Allen Hurns opted-out of the 2020 season, Albert Wilson has followed suit leaving the Dolphins...

What’s the real over/under for Jordan Howard in 2020

Jordan Howard enters the 2020 season as the feature back on his third NFL team in his fifth year in the league....

What does Adam Shaheen bring to the Dolphins?

The Miami Dolphins acquired tight end, Adam Shaheen, from the Chicago Bears for a sixth-round pick yesterday in a move that has...

What If Miami Had Chosen Brees Over Culpepper?

The Miami Dolphins finished 9-7 in 2005 and were looking for a new quarterback. Starting quarterback Gus Frerotte recorded 18 touchdowns and...

Christian Wilkins: Building From Rookie Year

Christian Wilkins, the Miami Dolphins defensive tackle certainly grew into the role in his 2019 rookie season. The interior...