MIAMI GARDENS — Davon Godchaux is 22 years old and a fifth-round draft pick and at some point in the near future it will be possible to mention Godchaux without reference to his age or draft status.
Because Godchaux, the Miami Dolphins rookie, is exhibiting more talent and maturity than expected.
“I want to be somebody they can trust at the end of the day,” Godchaux said of his teammates and coaches, after he made an effective NFL debut in a preseason defeat of Atlanta Thursday night.
And with that, Godchaux showed he is ahead of the curve.
Godchaux started ahead of former second-rounder Jordan Phillips because coaches like what he’s shown in practice. Effort. Aggressiveness. Consistency.
“I was in a violent place today,” Godchaux said. “I was being very disruptive. I want to be a good run-stopper. Be disruptive. Feed off guys like (Ndamukong) Suh. You know you’ve got guys like (Andre) Branch and (Cam) Wake to get the sacks, but I want to do all the dirty work.”
Godchaux, whose name is pronounced Duh-VAHN GOD-chaw, seems to say and do the right things.
He’s also shown that he has excellent strength. He can push interior offensive linemen back and really, that’s the most important thing he can do in the eyes of his coaches.
Godchaux said to an extent his first game was a blur.
After the game, he was asked if the rookies had finally been allowed to wear Dolphins stickers on their helmets in practice.
“I don’t even know,” Godchaux said. “I’m so into the game I don’t even know. I think they were on there tonight. I’m all into the game. I don’t even know. You’ve got to earn that Dolphin.”
Yes, Godchaux’s helmet featured a logo on Thursday night.
Godchaux said if he makes a mistake, he wants it to be at full speed.
Godchaux said the maligned Phillips has actually been helping him and “being a great teammate.”
Godchaux said he shouldn’t have been a fifth-rounder, but he’s over it.
The Dolphins may have found a gem on draft day, it seems.
Godchaux has been providing consistent effort. He plays with power and confidence and he seems to be fitting in well on a very experienced, veteran defensive line.
“I got a guy like Suh depending on me, Cam Wake depending on me, Branch is depending on me to set the edge in the three technique,” Godchaux said. “So I’ve got to do my job. I can’t let those guys down because those guys have been in the league several years and are trying to get a Super Bowl.”
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