Ex-Kentucky stars looking for foothold on NFL Draft boards

jsmith3@herald-leader.comApril 25, 2012 

More than a dozen Kentucky seniors went through the rigors of Pro Day, but it's unlikely any of them will hear their names called during the NFL Draft, which starts on Thursday.

The two players with the best shot, according to most analysts, are linebacker Danny Trevathan and safety Winston Guy, who were invited to the NFL Combine earlier this year.

But even they probably won't hear their names called until the final rounds on Saturday, if at all.

More than likely, Trevathan and Guy will end up signing free-agent contracts, as several of their former Cats teammates are hopeful to do.

The draft analysis Web site walterfootball.com has Trevathan taken by the Buffalo Bills with the 217th pick overall, in the seventh and final round.

At the combine, Trevathan, the Southeastern Conference tackles leader for each of the past two seasons, was measured at 6-foot, 237 pounds.

The site nfldraftscout.com has Trevathan listed as a seventh-round/free agent and has him rated 26th out of 135 outside linebackers.

The same site has Guy, who measured 6-4, 218 pounds at the combine, as the 12th out of 143 potential strong safeties and it also has him going no sooner than the seventh round or as a free agent.

After sitting out UK's Pro Day in early March with a groin strain, the former Lexington Catholic standout went through his own Pro Day on March 27 where he was timed at 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Other former Kentucky players who have been mentioned as potential free agents after the draft include offensive tackle Chandler Burden and punter Ryan Tydlacka.

On Pro Day, Tydlacka said he didn't expect anything to happen on draft weekend, that he was going to individually work out with several teams and sign a free-agent contract at a later date.

The other former Kentucky players who participated in Pro Day included linebacker Ronnie Sneed, and defensive backs Mychal Bailey, Randall Burden, Anthony Mosley and Taiedo Smith. Also in the mix were wide receivers Nik Brazley and Matt Roark as well as tight end Nick Melillo.

Offensive lineman Billy Joe Murphy and defensive linemen Mark Crawford and James McDevitt also participated.

Jennifer Smith: (859) 231-3241. Twitter: @jenheraldleader. Blog:ukfootball.bloginky.com.

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