4. Danny Trevathan, Linebacker, Kentucky
2012 NFL Draft: 6th round, 188th overall
Although there were plenty of other deserving players to choose from to add to this list, Danny Trevathan is the only one who will not have spent the majority of his career with the Denver Broncos when all is said and done.
Trevathan was a sixth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Kentucky, an afterthought for the entire NFL.
He was a breakout player on the Broncos’ 2013 defense which reached Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks with 129 total tackles, and his presence was missed in 2014 when he suffered a season-ending injury after just three games.
In 2015, Trevathan came back in a contract year and had a tremendous season with 109 total tackles, two interceptions, and 22 total tackles in the postseason as the Denver Broncos and their vaunted defense won Super Bowl 50.
Although Trevathan was only a full-time starter for the Broncos for. two seasons, his impact on the team was tremendous and he has continued playing at a high level since his departure from Denver.
In four seasons with the Chicago Bears, Trevathan has 327 total tackles with 15 tackles for loss and three interceptions. He’s now entering his ninth season in the league and has been a steady presence at linebacker for nearly a decade.