[Moderated by Matt Jones]
For a brief few moments, the Big Blue Nation rejoiced in a football triumph. Two UK players were drafted yesterday in the NFL Draft, those two men being safety Winston Guy and linebacker, Danny Trevathan.
Guy was actually projected to be a sixth round selection, while the powerful Trevathan wasn’t projected to be taken at all. Low and behold, the Seattle Seahawks took Guy with the 181st pick, while the Denver Broncos took Trevathan just seven picks later.
Now, what kind of effect are they going to have with their new teams? The two were the stars within the BBN, but they’re on an entirely new level now.
First, Winston Guy will be joining a Settle defense that was so-so, at best. Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor will be Guy’s main competition at the safety position, and neither of those guys are exactly slackers. Each had just under 100 tackles last season.
Plus, Guy struggles in coverage, which was his main turn-off when it came time to be drafted. However, Guy is decent stopping the run, so that will be his strong point. He should be able to make the ‘Hawks’ 53-man roster, but he’ll have a lot of work to do in order to be a primetime secondary defender.
Trevathan’s selection in the sixth round came as a bit of a surprise, as draft experts question his size at the NFL level. It’s worth noting that Trevathan racked up 143 tackles in 2011, coming along with three sacks and four interceptions. It’s clear that he can make an impact, especially when you consider that UK plays in a very tough Southeastern Conference.
However, it’s unlikely Trevathan will play much, as he’ll join a linbacker corps that consists of Von Miller, Joe Mays, and D.J. Williams. They all form one of the best pass rushes in the league.
Whether they play or not, the BBN is proud of our two 2012 draftees! Best of luck, boys!
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