Round 4: Davon Godchaux, DT, LSU (6-foot-3, 310 pounds)
Godchaux is a ginormous defensive lineman but could be a boom-or bust prospect. The Colts need to beef up their defensive line and could take chance on Godchaux.
At LSU, Godchaux produced at a high level. He started 10 out of 12 games as a true freshman. He followed that up by starting every game in the next two seasons. He finished with 139 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks.
His production is great for an interior defensive linemen, and he is coming from a college that produces NFL talent. The only issue is his physical characteristics.
While Godchaux is big, he has short arms which will make it easier for offensive linemen to get a hold of him. Also, draft analysts feel his conditioning needs some work. According to Lance Zierlein, his “motor seems to lose gas” after a few plays.
At the same time, it does not help he did not perform well at the combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.27 seconds (4th-slowest time for a defensive lineman). However, a hamstring injury may have played into that.
Unfortunately, he only repped the 225-pound bench press 18 times (5th-worst for a defensive lineman). Upper strength is just as important as lower body strength as defensive lineman.
There is also the issue of him being arrested for false imprisonment, domestic abuse battery and child endangerment back in September 2016. Now, the eventual charges were dropped, but it is still concerning. The Colts probably vetted that out when they met with him.
Alternatives for Godchaux include UCLA‘s Eddie Vanderdoes or Notre Dame‘s Issac Rochell.
With all levels of the defense fortified with their first four picks, the Colts can entertain drafting an offensive player. They need a running back, and this year’s class is very deep.