It's a bit longer than one would have expected for the leading tackler in the SEC and one of college football's best hybrid linebacker/safeties to be picked, but Winston Guy and Danny Trevathan finally got their numbers called in the sixth round of this weekend's NFL draft.
The addition of Trevathan to the Broncos makes it a real possibility that, by joining Wesley Woodyard, Wildcat fans will be able to watch a great linebacker corps led by two of the best in UK's history to play the position. Woodyard shared his excitement about playing with a fellow Wildcat on his Twitter.
Guy should be able to get a shot at early playing time in Seattle, especially with the loss of safety Atari Bigby to the Chargers via free agency. Despite his struggles in pass coverage, Guy's ability to stop the run and his incredible speed will make him a valuable raw talent going into the 2012 preseason.
It may be a little tough for Big Blue Nation to only see their school represented in the NFL draft this year by two late picks, but there a couple of things to keep in mind:
1. Both of these players will most likely make the 53-man roster and see playing time for their respective NFL teams. In the case of Trevathan, you now get to see one of the best (maybe the best) to ever play linebacker for the Wildcats play alongside another great one that wore the blue and white.
2. Even though many are not thrilled with the current direction of the team (myself included), the University of Kentucky has put more players in the NFL the last few years than ever before. It definitely makes Sundays in the fall that much more exciting when you can root for the Wildcats, too.