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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – FEBRUARY 02: Outside linebacker Danny Trevathan #59 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after their 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /

Drafted Danny Trevathan in 2012

By: Sayre Bedinger

Danny Trevathan was a highly productive college player at Kentucky whose athleticism in tights did not reflect his abilities as a playmaker on defense.

Trevathan wound up being selected by the Broncos in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and it was one of the most fortuitous picks of John Elway’s early drafts with the team.

Trevathan was a key special teams player and rotational defender in the 2012 season before becoming a full-time starter on the 2013 defense where he racked up 129 total tackles, three forced fumbles, three interceptions, and a pair of sacks.

He missed most of the 2014 season with injury but wound up coming back in 2015 healthy and better than ever, leading one of the best defenses in Broncos history.

Trevathan’s role in the 2015 Denver defense en route to a win in Super Bowl 50 paved the way for his big contract with the Chicago Bears, which is just now expiring in 2020. He has a chance to cash in with a second veteran contract and is one of the most respected defenders in the NFL when healthy today.