The Dolphins raised eyebrows when they didn’t sign a third defensive tackle in free agency.
Turns out, they were simply waiting for the draft.
Miami took interior lineman Davon Godchaux with their second fifth-round pick.
Godchaux, who recorded 6.5 sacks his junior year, declared early with the expectation he’d be a third-round pick. Instead, he slipped to the fifth.
He’ll have a chance to compete for playing time behind Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips.
“The Dolphins got them a steal,” he said.
Here’s a possible reason for Godchaux’s slide: He was arrested on domestic violence charges last season. Those charges were dropped shortly thereafter.
Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said the Dolphins’ investigative team looked closely into what he called a “very serious allegation, [but] ... once we got the facts, we felt comfortable” drafting him.
Godchaux survived a rough childhood in Louisiana. His brother was the target of drive-by shooting gone awry, and the family’s home was pockmocked by bullets.
“Enjoyed every day coaching Davon Godchaux!” LSU coach Ed Orgeron wrote on Twitter. “He will be a tremendous player for the Dolphins!”