[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Happy draft day, BBN! This is a much anticipated event for most. Last year we blessed the NFL with Mr. Randal Cobb (swoon). This year Kentucky will probably give the NFL Winston Guy, Danny Trevathan and maybe a few other surprises.
ESPN has Winston Guy as a 6th round pick and Danny as not being drafted at all. I think that is completely ludicrous and so does most everyone else who has seen Trevathan play. I can see Mr. Trevathan going in the sixth or seventh round of the Draft, or signing as a free agent. Danny was a stand out player on Kentucky’s defense last year, he racked up more than 140 tackles and had four interceptions. The reason he is being projected as a late/no rounder is his size. He’s small for a linebacker, but size doesn’t matter if you can get the job done. Danny Trevathan is a defender who plays all over the field in an effective way. He will be a valuable player added to any roster. Danny, let the haters fuel the fire and shut them all up. I know you’ll show ‘em.
As for Kentucky native, Winston Guy, (I’m very proud of him) he ran his 40 in 4.53 seconds on March 27. He had to sit out of UK’s Pro Day due to a groin injury he suffered early this year, but that hasn’t effected his standings in the Draft. Guy measured at 6-4 and 218 pounds at the combine and is being ranked as the 12 out of 143 strong safeties. I would be surprised if we saw him go any later than the 6th round.
Other Wildcats you may see in a pro jersey come fall are offensive tackle Chandler Burden and punter Ryan Tydlacka. During UK’s Pro Day Tydlacka said he wasn’t expecting anything to happen, but he plans to work with several individual teams and later sign as a free agent.
These guys individually did really well last year. They are players we all can be proud of and will be sorely missed in the BBN.
Now, what’s next for the BBN?
Joker is faced with the task of finding players good enough to fill these guys shoes. This year, Rick Mintor will look to Collins Ukwu and Martavius Neloms to be his key defensive players. Ukwu is coming in to the 2012 season having started 24 games in his career at UK. He had 28 tackles including 2.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss. If he wants to have the best season of his career he needs to get those numbers up and crack down on his work during the summer. Neloms started at safety last season for the first time of his career at UK. He was originally a cornerback, but the coaches felt he would be better at safety. Well, they were right. Last year Neloms was third on the team in tackles with 71, behind Guy and Trevathan. The fact that it was his first year at safety shows me he will be very impressive in the fall.
A position Joker has continually said they have yet to fill is the punter. The BBN was spoiled by Tydlacka’s talent, and now we have no idea what to do. So, if you were a soccer player or a high school punter, mosey on over to the Nutter Field House. I’m sure Joker will take you in with open arms.
I hope all of Kentucky’s past players who are in the Draft find a home somewhere soon. Don’t forget about us Kentucky folk!
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