Sixth round: Danny Trevathan, 2012
The sixth round was actually one of the more difficult to decide on for this ultimate draft as both Will Parks and Matt Paradis were sixth-round picks for the Broncos. But Danny Trevathan gets the nod, despite only playing with the team for four years.
Like both Thomas and Jackson, Trevathan made a big difference in a short amount of time. And like Jackson, he was a key cog on that terrific 2015 defensive unit.
Trevathan was one of the best draft steals the Broncos have had. Unheralded coming out of Kentucky in 2012, the Broncos gave him a shot and after a quiet rookie season in which he learned the ropes, he became a do-it-all linebacker for the team.
Trevathan had a big 2013 season, was hurt in 2014 and forced to miss several games and bounced back with a big 2015 campaign.
A tackling machine for the team, Trevathan was also solid in pass coverage, something the team has lacked for years at the inside linebacker position.
Following the Super Bowl win in 2015, Trevathan signed with the Chicago Bears as a free agent. In my opinion at that time, that was the team’s biggest loss that offseason.
Trevathan has continued to be a solid player for the Bears and the Broncos have never really adequately replaced him.