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Dolphins take LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux with second fifth-round pick

Davon Godchaux, shown on the ground, joins the Miami Dolphins’ defensive line.
Davon Godchaux, shown on the ground, joins the Miami Dolphins’ defensive line. AP

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!”

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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