Danny Trevathan was, once again, an All-SEC linebacker after a fantastic season. He led Kentucky's defense as they beat Tennessee in 2011—something they hadn't done in 26 years.
In this in depth evaluation, I'm going to analyze Trevathan in four areas: measurements, on-field production, athleticism and intangibles.
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This is one of Trevathan's weakest areas. Trevathan is probably limited to a role as a 4-3 outside linebacker because of his small size.
His official height at the NFL Combine was 6'0 even, and his weight was 237 lbs. That's up from the 225 lbs he weighed while he was playing.
His arm length is just fine however, at 32.5". Arm length is not as important for linebackers as it is for defensive and offensive linemen, but since Trevathan will most likely be a weakside linebacker covering passes, long arms help.
You couldn't ask much more from Trevathan here; he has had fantastic production since he started.
In 2011, Trevathan led the SEC with 143 total tackles (76 of them solo), 12 tackles for a loss, three sacks and two quarterback hurries. He also pulled in four interceptions, broke up five more passes and forced five fumbles.
His 2010 season was almost as good. That year he led the SEC in tackles again with 144 (16 for a loss), added a couple of sacks and broken passes and forced four fumbles.
One of his biggest strengths is his ability to play against the pass. As his 2011 stats clearly show, it's an area he made great strides in during his last season. Since his size will make him most likely a weakside linebacker in the NFL, having good skills in coverage already puts him ahead of many of his peers.
Trevathan's combine numbers were not as good as they could have been, but he was bouncing back from an injury, so that could be part of the reason.
Trevathan had 18 reps on the bench, a 31.5" vertical jump and a 9'3" broad jump. He did not participate in the running events.
Despite these poor numbers, you see Trevathan's speed and quickness on tape, and notice how hard he can hit regardless of what happened at the combine.
You don't produce like he has on a consistently bad defense without at least a little athletic ability.
Danny Trevathan, from all accounts, seems to be a stand-up guy.
The fact that he committed to a team like Kentucky, known for being a bottom feeder in the SEC, also speaks volumes about his character.
Trevathan has great instincts, and must use them to make an impact despite his small size. He also has a chip on his shoulder (in the best way possible) in that he wasn't highly recruited out of high school and is being given a fourth-round grade by the NFL despite leading the SEC in tackles for two consecutive years.
I love his production, I love his attitude and I think he's a fit in the right system.
However, Trevathan does have a few problems. One is that he's definitely a weakside linebacker, which hurts him as far as positional value goes. As the NFL becomes more oriented toward stopping the pass, the premiums are on quarterbacks, tackles, wide receivers, pass rushers and corners.
Everyone else takes a back seat. Trevathan is great against the pass for a linebacker, but that's not why teams draft linebackers. They draft them to get to the quarterback.
Trevathan can get to the quarterback, but his size is too much of an issue for him to be used much as a pass rusher. He'll do a very good job at what he projects to do, which is contain the outside on running plays and pick up midfield threats in coverage, but that's it.
Trevathan has some good physical tools, but he doesn't profile well rushing the passer due to his lack of ideal NFL size. That said, the Kentucky product should be an effective asset against the rush, which makes him a good fit for the stout Denver Broncos' defense. With all the talent already on that side of the ball, Denver can use him as a role player and/or be patient for the other facets of his game to develop.