As the Denver Broncos’ sixth round draft pick (188th overall), Danny Trevathan may look like the second coming of Wesley Woodyard, but he’s trying to make his own mark on the NFL.
Like linebacker and special teams expert Woodyard, Trevathan is an undersized linebacker and special teamer that hails from the University of Kentucky.
Initially, Trevathan will be looking to make his mark on special teams just like his mentor.
“That’s your ticket,” Trevathan said. “You want to establish yourself in that aspect of the game, especially the rookies. There’s a lot of people that’s in front of you. A lot of people that have needs for their family…He (John Fox) had me playing a lot of positions today on special teams. I’m trying to get them all down so I can be one of the people they come to when they have a need.”
The 6’0″, 237-pound linebacker had 287 tackles (27.5 for a loss), 6 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 9 forced fumbles in his last two years at Kentucky.
Woodyard came into the NFL as an undrafted rookie, and Trevathan nearly had to follow suit until the Broncos selected him on the last day of the draft.
Woodyard graduated a year before Trevathan arrived at Kentucky, but he has served as a mentor to the younger former Wildcat.
“He’s been born to be a leader,” Trevathan said of Woodyard. “He’s been giving me advice since I’ve been in college. He told me to just play ball, just like being in Kentucky, but you’ve got to handle yourself like a pro here.”
Trevathan even patterned his game after Woodyard.
“He played every aspect of the game,” Trevathan said. “He even returned kicks. That’s why I want to return kicks.”
Trevathan likely won’t be returning kicks as a Bronco, but he will be trying to follow Woodyard’s path to the league no matter how unorthodox it is.