INDIANAPOLIS – Both Tashawn Bower and Davon Godchaux have to answer a little bit of positional uncertainty at the NFL scouting combine this week.
Bower, who measured in at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, is somewhere between a 4-3 defensive end and a 3-4 outside linebacker, and Godchaux, 6-3 and 310 pounds, might be either a 3-4 defensive end or 4-3 defensive tackle.
The good news is that LSU has given them opportunities to play both spots. When the Tigers hired Dave Aranda to coordinate the defense, he installed a 3-4 and gave both players experience in both schemes.
"I think it helped me tremendously," Bower said. "I never had that in my arsenal until this year. ... I played a three-fit, I played standing up, I played down, at the NFLPA game I was playing (strong-side) linebacker. I have a little bit of everything in my arsenal."
Bower plans on performing both defensive line and linebacker drills on Sunday, allowing teams to see him in both roles.
Godchaux has other questions to answer, namely stemming from his September arrest for misdemeanor domestic abuse battery/child endangerment and false imprisonment.
"I tell (teams) it was a big mistake, a miscommunication between me and (the mother of my child)," Godchaux said.
Beyond the tough questions, Godchaux has also been asked about his ability to play in both of the NFL's prevalent defensive schemes.
Like Bower, he feels like he has an advantage.
"My ability to stop the run, I can play in either defense," Godchaux said. "It doesn't really matter. I played both for LSU, so teams like what they saw on film."