Late in the draft, it's all about depth and special teams.
This tells you all you need to know about the Broncos' pick of Danny Trevathan at #188.
Trevathan will immediately impact special teams--if he makes the team. He's undersized (6-0, 237) and speedy, which means he's perfect for kickoffs and punts.
The immediate image that will come to your mind is Wesley Woodyard, another undersized Kentucky WILL linebacker. Woodyard probably has more straight-line speed than Trevathan, but the production is there. Trevathan, as they say in the biz, is a tackling machine, and did play against the best competition in the country last year. That's not to be taken lightly.
Many other players were available at this pick, and I'm surprised the Broncos didn't take a player like Boise State DT Billy Winn, who fell faster than a Tim Tebow out pass. But, as we've seen in the last few days, the Broncos completely ignored the best-player-available philosophy. That's easy to do when you're picking Von Miller; it's many times more difficult to do when you're rounding out your draft.
Here's some tape on Trevathan from last year:
- Productive, finds his way to the ball
- Speedy, quick, and flows from sideline to sideline
- Can cover if needed
- Below-average play strength
- Can't take on blockers (as with most flow-side WILL LBs)
Look for Trevathan to battle to make the team, and if he does, add depth to the WILL linebacker position. He'll excel on special teams, however, where size isn't as important as instincts and a nose for the ball.