Summer Top 50 - No. 6 Davon Godchaux

After a dominant freshman season transitioning into a tough position, Davon Godchaux is ready for big things in year two in Baton Rouge.

Because everyone loves to rank things, and because summer is the best time to argue and debate, TSD is spending the coming weeks through the end of July rolling out its top 50 LSU football players for the coming season.

Many are seasoned veterans and a select few are new to the roster, but all 50 Tigers figure to make an impact on the gridiron in 2015.

So we hope you enjoy this list, updated once each weekday and compiled by the TSD staff of Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua (who, naturally, had disagreements of their own along the way).

Today the countdown finishes its penultimate week with a standout second-year player at No. 6, defensive tackle Davon Godchaux.

REASON FOR OPTIMISM


Aside from Leonard Fournette and Jamal Adams, neither of whom have seen their names yet in TSD's countdown, Davon Godchaux may have as much upside as any player on LSU's roster. Those three comprise a deadly sophomore trio that should serve as the backbone of the Tiger team this fall and next.

But it's not all potential and future promise for Godchaux. He's already been remarkably productive in only one season at LSU, starting 10 games and playing in all 13 contests at defensive tackle as a true freshman. In his debut campaign the Plaquemine product notched 42 tackles, 1.5 for loss, caused a fumble and logged three quarterback hurries.

At 6-foot-4 and 298 pounds, Godchaux possesses the power and quickness (he was seen by many as a defensive end coming from high school) to play almost anywhere along the defensive line for first-year position coach Ed Orgeron. Whether as an end in a 3-4 front or a tackle in a 4-3 set, Godchaux is poised for a huge season in 2015.

STILL LEFT TO PROVE


Should the Tigers morph into more of a 3-4 team under new coordinator Kevin Steele (something that probably won't happen full-time, but in certain games based on schematic advantage), Godchaux will have to prove what many assume - that he can be an effective run-stopper as an end and also provide a pass rush at nearly 300 pounds.

He'll also be asked to assume more of a leadership role this fall. Yes, the Tigers have junior Christian Lacouture on the D-Line, but minus last year's two starting ends (Danielle Hunter and Jermauria Rasco, and throw in OLB Kwon Alexander) there is a bit of an emotional void to fill. It's got Godchaux's name all over it.

Improving last year's sack total, which was nada, and becoming more vocal are the next two steps for Godchaux to make the leap to possible first-round NFL Draft selection in 2017.





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