Every so often, you find interesting glimpses into a player’s personality from their media guide biography. That is the case with linebacker Danny Trevathan, the Broncos’ sixth-round pick at the No. 188 overall selection.
His biography in Kentucky’s media guide — and on its website — says he can’t live without two things: his family and “haters.”
It seems a bit petty on the surface, but I can relate. Negativity from others motivates me, too. It’s the cliched “chip on the shoulder,” and rarely is this a detriment in the NFL.
“They motivate me,” Trevathan said. “That’s always going to be in the back of my mind. You have to pay attention to yourself and strive for excellence. In this world they are looking for you to fail.”
Perhaps the “haters” include those who wrote the draft critiques of Trevathan. At 6-feet and 237 pounds he was considered too small, too likely to get engulfed in traffic in the box. With 18 bench-press repetitions at the Combine, he was considered too weak. With a 40 time of 4.70 seconds, he was considered too slow for his size. Although he averaged over 11 tackles a game the last two years, many came from behind.
Some of the same criticisms existed for another Kentucky linebacker four years ago. And as we know now, Wesley Woodyard was a diamond in the rough, going from an undrafted free agent to a key contributor in the Broncos’ nickel defense and their special-teams captain three years running.
“I think our football characteristics are similar,” Trevathan said. “I strive [to be] like him.”
Look for Trevathan to be placed on a similar trajectory; the Broncos will try to nudge him onto their special-teams units this year.