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UK Guys Not Projected Well in the NFL Draft


I was a bit surprised to hear today that Todd McShay of ESPN has UK players projected not highly in the upcoming Draft. McShay has Winston Guy projected in the 6th round and Danny Trevathan projected as not being drafted. Guy doesn’t shock me, as I thought that was the general area where he would go, but the idea of Trevathan not being drafted is shocking. Danny was the best linebacker in the SEC last year and one of the best to ever play the position at UK. For him not to be drafted would be unbelievable. I have to assume some GM will see the talent and desire and pull the trigger on Danny…but as for now, UK not getting the respect that one would think they deserve.

Article written by Matt Jones

49 Comments for UK Guys Not Projected Well in the NFL Draft

  1. kfund
    1:55 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    That helps recruiting…

  2. Mustache Man
    1:57 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Cincinnati has shown some interest in Trevathan, I wouldn’t be surprised if they take a late round pick on him, we need linebackers for the future and he would be a great pickup.

  3. Ben
    1:58 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I am sure that the teams that draft, do not have a clue as to what they are doing! They would be better off to throw all the names in a hat and draw out a selection!

  4. G
    1:58 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    1, Joker is gone after this season so it doesn’t matter.

  5. Ruppster
    2:00 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I would agree that Danny Trevathan deserves respect, but UK not getting respect is not shocking. What respect did we earn?

  6. Dwayne
    2:02 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    C’mon Matt Alabama had 3 linebackers alone better than Trevathan. One of them (Hightower) will be drafted within the 1st 6-8 picks. Who else was going to make those tackles for us? Because he was the best player on a bad team made him look a little better than he actually is. It inflated his stats. If a fullback or lineman ever enganged him he was toast. Not big enough or strong to get through those guys. Wish him the best!

  7. bluesince66
    2:02 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Trevathan is too small to play linebacker in the NFL. He will have to play safety, so that’s probably the problem. This goes back to UK being so bad, you get alot of tackles when you’re on the field so much.

  8. mocha
    2:07 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    respectfully disagree on hightower, no way he is top 6-8 picks. more like 10-20.

  9. FlySoup
    2:08 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    most tackles does not mean best linebacker

  10. James K
    2:11 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Ehh… could the atmosphere around the football program be more bleak? I guess it’s POSSIBLE that things could get better. Trying not to be completely negative. It’s going to take something miraculous on the field.

  11. Bradley
    2:11 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Actually, UK IS geting the respect they/we deserve. It’s Danny Trevathan who isn’t.

  12. Dwayne
    2:15 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Mocha you’re probably right but you get my point…

  13. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    2:19 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I think what Matt means (and I agree) is that Trevathan had better statistics and a better individual season independent of team success, not that he is a better football player or will be a better pro.

    It is the same principal as Doug McDermott who was one of the best players in the country this year (statistically) in basketball but, had he entered the draft this year, would not be close to a lottery pick.

    That being said, Trevathan may not be one of the best long-term linebacker prospects, but he produces against elite competition. You have to think there would be a spot for him on special teams at least.


  14. barn
    2:21 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    6–thank you. when your defense is on the field most of the game somebody is going to log a bunch of tackles

  15. sgray
    2:22 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Matt U.K. was pathetic last year This comes as no shock to me. Joker is a lame duck coach. Who is already on the hot seat before the season begins.

  16. Fubar
    2:24 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Since the UK offense was so horrendous last year, it makes sense that Danny T had the most tackles. After all, he had LOTS of opportunities.

  17. hunter mcclintock
    2:29 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Travathan’s tackle stats may be inflated because so many plays against UK make it past the d-line, but it is undeniable that he was a great player. He was the only guy opposing offenses needed to worry about and he still made plays. His playmaking abilities against SEC offenses were clear. Wesley Woodyard went undrafted out of UK too, and he has been pretty awesome in Denver. Teams are going to regret not having him.

  18. mocha
    2:32 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    12 (dwayne) – absolutely agree on your point, message taken and i’m with you.

  19. NFL draft gurus
    2:35 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    One day people will draft based on the ability shown on the field. Until then, combine studs like Kyle Boller will still get drafted high. So what if a guy can throw 60 yards from his knees if he can’t play football. We watched Dewayne Robertson be mediocre at best here at UK, and go 4th overall because he had the “measurables”. UK fans could have told the Jets that he just flat out wasn’t a good football player. Four years later the Jets drafted Vernon Gholston 6th overall. Same story. Lessson? Draft guys that are good at football, not combines.

  20. Bleaker
    2:41 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    This is very surprising

  21. Marty
    2:42 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Not being drafted may be the best thing for Trevathan. Because of his size(or lack of) he needs him to fill a niche. Maybe special teams for a year. Not being drafted would give him the chance to pick which team he thinks he fits and sign as a free agent. Good Luck Danny

  22. BravoBigBlue
    2:42 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    No surprise there. Whe you play at a shitty program like UK, you’re not going to get any respect. Trevathan, while a very good college linebacker, lacks the size to effectively play it in the NFL. Woodyard wasn’t drafted but he was able to make the best of it as a special teams player and backup LB with the Broncos. Until Kentucky hires a legitimate D1 football coach, we will continue to be cellar dwellers in the SEC and not receive much respect from anybody. The success that Brooks had was largely due to having a very weak non-conference schedule. But the 2007 team was very good. Not likely to see a team like that at UK again.

  23. Well, no sh*t! UK Football sucks. Any recruit who comes to Kentucky Football is a fool unless he is a true “student athlete” and UK offers a quality education in his Major.

  24. Vic
    2:48 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like another Patriot steal to me.

  25. G Bo
    3:01 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    #7. Derrick Brooks would like to have a word with you……………

  26. Jason
    3:03 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Todd McShay looks like he stole his dad’s suit

  27. Rockfield,KY
    3:08 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    same situation for Woodyard and now he is a starter and a captain

  28. color me not surprised
    3:13 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Come on man! If we actually had highly ranked players going in this year’s draft, don’t you think our team would have performed better? Trevathan is good but undersized and Guy played too much in the box to be considered a ball hawk safety (maybe that’s Joker’s fault). I am not surprised at all. I can’t believe anyone knows UK has a football team. There were no Cobbs this year….

  29. Seriously
    3:15 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I love this site….but come on. We’re getting seriously delusionally homerish if we’re talking about NFL teams recognizing the “talent” in either of those guys. Haven’t seen exaggeration like that since KSR was blowing Micah Johnson’s horn.

    Patterns the same: KSR watches an awful football season///KSR tells us that Player X is great even though the team sucks///KSR whines that he doesn’t get an NFL shot///Player X plays in NFL exhibition games, embarrasses himself, and gets cut. Leave scouting to scouts.

  30. Powerlifter165
    3:22 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Can someone say “The Kentucky (football) Effect”.

  31. Joe
    3:23 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Danny will be a great special teams player and then probably move into a starting role on defense once one of these joker NFL teams gives him a chance.

    He will be a valued team member, just like Woodyard for the Broncos. Maybe Woodyard can get him drafted!

  32. BingleJells
    3:24 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    What’s football? Is that when you go to that big place surrounded by asphalt that has upside-down tuning forks on the ends of a big field? That’s a great place to drink whisky.

  33. Hard Hittin' CAT
    3:25 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody remember another leader in tackling from the SEC named Woodyard who didn’t get drafted. It’s all F’d up man. Too many douche bags being call ‘draft experts.’ They don’t know what the F they’re talking about. Trevathan is a great football player and will be playing on Sundays.

  34. It's a Conspiracy
    3:32 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN determines the outcome of everything in sports now. Every award, every draft, every ranking. It’s all based on how much exposure they give to players and teams at the right time. And it works.

  35. turrible
    3:33 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    @ 33. You are a joke. “These draft experts are f’d up!” “They don’t know what the F they’re talking about.” F F F! Face it bro! These dudes are average at best. They won’t crack an NFL starting lineup ever.

    3:33 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    The Kentucky Effect does not apply to football. One only has to be reminded of the NFL fortunes our last truly great quarterback.

  37. jaws2
    3:46 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    A lot of guys are better off NOT being drafted. They’ll have opportunities to make rosters all over the league if teams are interested. My money says Danny makes a squad and will play special teams or a situation player. He’s got to much heart and talent not to make it.

  38. Bob Loblaw
    3:49 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Meh. We just won the National Championship.

  39. BigBleFan31
    3:55 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Just because you play on a crappy team, like UK, doesn’t mean you can’t get drafted or that you won’t play in the NFL. For every draft “bust” there are 10 guys who work their ass off to play on Sunday’s. They’re guys like Trevathan. Wesley Woodyard was in this same spot not too long ago and has become a pretty good player for the Broncos. Bash the current team all you want, but don’t bash Trevathan. He’s a talented football player that will be a late round pick.

  40. Rae
    3:56 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    36. Actually it does apply, just opposite.

  41. boogie fan
    4:02 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    You are looking at the wrong projections. I’m sure someone like Mel Kiper’s lesser known brother Billy Kiper had DT in the third or fourth round.

  42. lldjr
    4:13 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Anything’s possible….Hell, even Hartline made it on a NFL team.

  43. Dawood Khan
    4:17 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    UK not getting the respect it deserves? HUH? This is UK Football. It sucks. It deserves no respect.

    Fire the Joke and then come talk to me.

    Respect? UK Football? It deserves only ridicule.

  44. Dawood Khan
    4:19 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe that there exists a person on this planet that would think that UK Football deserves respect.

    I’m gonna go puke now. Then, I’m going to sit down, take a Joker and wipe my philips.

  45. ribin
    4:33 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    We will see him some on Sundays — drafted or not. He was fun to watch play at UK — wish him well.

  46. JPhelps
    6:00 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Uh… 4-8 and 1 and whatever in the SEC. No, I think we get the respect we deserve!

  47. abdc
    7:24 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Matt you never have been good at projecting football talent in the draft. If a player is undersized he must have well above average measurables. in Danny’s case He is undersized for an NFL LB and also grades average in speed and other psychical measurables. The opposite was the case for Micah Johnson who had NFL size, but was a below average play reader(He was always guessing never reading the play). However, unlike Micah Johnson Danny is a good play reader(many times reacting to the read a little slower then nfl scouts would like, in other words he should have had more no gain and tackles for loss than 2-3 yd stops) and could make a team with value as a special teamer and backup player(think Woodyard) but getting drafted is very borderline for him. Guy is a better athlete but his move to LB was to late and he is also undersized to be and LB. In the NFL he most likely would have to move to strong safety, but also would project as a special teams player with potential to be a backup player if he worked hard enough.

  48. CatGrad7072
    7:37 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    44: Dawood you are a model of self-restraint. I miss you over at WCN. Be safe!

  49. Head Bussa
    7:45 pm April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Danny Trevathan WILL make an NFL roster. I have no doubt in my mind. If anything, he will earn a spot on special teams. He is a tough S.O.B. and that is HUGE part of making it in the NFL. He will never back down and that will go a long way in the league. It is the same way for Woodyard. There is a place for kids who are borderline NFL talent but have a toughness that sets them apart. Danny makes it somewhere, somehow.