DAVIE—None of the Dolphins’ 2017 NFL Draft picks came with a bigger off-field red flag than fifth-round pick Davon Godchaux.
Godchaux, a defensive tackle from LSU, was briefly kicked off the team in September after being arrested on charges of domestic abuse battery with child endangerment and false imprisonment. His girlfriend, the alleged victim, was also arrested.
The East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office dropped the charges against both parties. That said, the details of the police report were alarming, including his girlfriend having a swollen lip and a red mark on her throat that was 2 inches in diameter, according to NOLA.com. She initially accused Godchaux of pulling her hair and throwing her aside to keep her from getting out of the apartment with the couple’s child, who was 10 months old at the time.
While the Dolphins do not have an all-encompassing policy on taking players with domestic violence issues in their past, they did a thorough investigation on Godchaux.
“It is a very serious allegation and it’s something we spent a lot of time with,” general manager Chris Grier said. “(Team security directors) Drew Brooks and Stu Weinstein did a great job with background information when the incident happened with him and his girlfriend. They were both arrested, and two days later charges were dropped and he was reinstated to the team.
“Once we got the facts, we interviewed the kid and talked to people in Baton Rouge about it, we felt comfortable with the result and with the information we got.”
Godchaux was an exceptional talent for LSU, earning a starting job as a true freshman. In his three years at the school, he totaled 145 tackles and 12.5 sacks. After Miami picked him, he said he was expecting to go in the third round. The Dolphins took him 178th overall.
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