Denver Broncos outside linebacker Danny Trevathan is poised to see a significant jump in playing time in the 2013 NFL season. After a standout 4-year career at the University of Kentucky, Trevathan was nabbed by the Broncos in the sixth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, despite finishing among the SEC’s top-tacklers his final two seasons as a Wildcat.
Ironically, he took a similar path that former Wildcat and current Denver starting LB Wesley Woodyard too, only he went from going undrafted in 2007, to now being a starting outside linebacker for a Broncos team that’s many expert’s pick to win the Super Bowl in 2013.
Trevathan, much like Woodyard, had the knock on him out of college was that he is just too undersized at 6 foot and 240 pounds.
Trevathan, now a second-year player, played all 16 regular-season games and finished second among Denver’s rookies with 30 tackles in 2012, just seven behind defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, who played far more significant time than Trevathan. He’ll be counted on to do more in 2013, especially for the first six games. During that time, Denver will be without it’s All-Pro linebacker, Von Miller, who is facing a six-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
That means for at least the first six games, Trevathan will have a golden opportunity to show the coaching staff why he deserves to be on the field more.