The Miami Dolphins don’t boast star names at defensive tackle. Yet, the unit is deep with young talent, including starter Davon Godchaux, who reaffirmed that claim in a recent interview with The Athletic’s Chris Perkins.
Godchaux said: “We’re deep [at defensive tackle]. I feel confident we’ve got a pretty good group and I’m excited about it.I think it’s a good group. I think you definitely need to rotate at that position. I shouldn’t say ‘you need to rotate,’ but when you have some depth, you’d like to rotate.”
The depth Davon Godchaux is referring to includes himself. In 2018 (his second year as a pro), Godchaux tallied 48 combined tackles, six tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, and a sack. But the unit is far richer than one player.
Rookie first-round pick Christian Wilkins is a highlight of the defensive tackles. At Clemson, he proved to be a charismatic leader and a productive player. In his senior season, Wilkins dominated ACC competition to the tune of 51 combined tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.
Akeem Spence isn’t listed as a starter, but he’s a valuable depth piece for the Dolphins. In his first year in Miami (2018), Spence started all 16 games while recording 42 combined tackles, six tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits, and two sacks. In the same interview, he talks about how the unit is striving together.
Spence told Perkins: “It’s each and every play, each man doing his job. That’s why we keep striving, ‘Hey, on each play do your job, squeeze your block, knock it back front side, keep pushing the play back to your backside D-tackle.’ So we’ve got to work together and help each other make plays.”
It appears as if Brian Flores is building something special in the Miami trenches.