Whittling down the 10 best players on this year’s LSU roster was no easy task. And properly ordering them into those 10 spots once we broke it down that far may have proven even more difficult.
But we at SEC Country gave it the old college try as we count down the top Tigers over the next two weeks. When it’s over, feel free to let us know what you think we got right — or wrong.
10. Defensive lineman Davon Godchaux
Why He’s Here: By far LSU’s most versatile lineman, Godchaux had the ability to play end or tackle in Dave Aranda’s 3-4 defense.
Godchaux is second on the team to Arden Key with 5.5 sacks. He ranks fourth on the team with 58 tackles and third behind Key and Duke Riley with 7.5 tackles for loss.
The junior from Plaquemine also had a nose for the ball, recovering two fumbles.
For Godchaux, this is quite literally a million-dollar question.
Of all LSU’s draft-eligible juniors, Godchaux seems to be the biggest coin flip as far as his decision. If he enters this year’s draft, WalterFootball.com projects him as a Round 2-3 pick. Of course, the results of the NFL Combine can potentially either raise or lower that profile.
If he does return to LSU, the result could be much like it was for cornerback Tre’Davious White this year, moving him from the second day to a no-doubt first-rounder. The return of Christian LaCouture lessens the sting for the Tigers if Godchaux decides to immediately enter the NFL. But if Ed Orgeron can convince him to stay, the prospect of Godchaux, LaCouture and Key as the top defensive players up front will send a shiver down the spines of opposing offensive coordinators.