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April 28, 2012
Winston Guy and Danny Trevathan did plenty together over the last year. They tested the draft waters after their junior season. Finished their senior years ranked first and second in the Southeastern Conference in tackles.
It only figured that on Saturday, Guy and Trevathan were both picked in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Guy was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the No. 181 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was the eleventh pick of the sixth round.
"It's just pretty crazy because it's something I've always dreamed of since I was a little kid and now my dream is coming true," Guy said.
Trevathan was selected seven picks later by the Denver Broncos. He was the No. 188 overall pick. Trevathan, a 6-foot-0, 237-pound outside linebacker, led the Southeastern Conference and was seventh nationally with 143 tackles in 2011.
He'll join former UK linebacker Wesley Woodyard, former UK defensive end Jeremy Jarmon and former UK tight end Jacob Tamme in Denver. Trevathan did not respond to interview requests on Saturday.
Landing in Seattle will require quite the adjustment from Guy, a Lexington native. When he arrives for rookie minicamps, it will be the farthest he's ever traveled from home.
"This is on the West Coast, man," he said. "Different time zone and everything. I'm going to have to adjust to a lot of things."
The Seahawks were a surprise pick for Guy, who had limited contact with the team leading up to the draft. He spoke to a scout from the team about a week ago, but had no real indication that the Seahawks were interested in him.
He was watching the draft with his agent and immediate family in Lexington when his phone started ringing. He had been receiving phone calls from friends and family all day, but his phone showed him the number was from Washington. He was confused, unsure of whether it was the Seahawks or the Washington Redskins.
"I was on the verge of falling asleep, then I got a phone call," he said. "I didn't think it was real."
Seattle went 7-9 in 2011 in head coach Pete Caroll's second season, missing the playoffs. Denver went 8-8 and made the playoffs before falling to New England in the divisional round.
Guy had 120 tackles as a senior and also had two interceptions. Like Trevathan, he was a three-year starter for the Wildcats.
The Seahawks told Guy that he'll be a safety and play on special teams for them. Guy played in the box as a hybrid safety/linebacker as a senior for the Wildcats, but he'll move back into the secondary in the NFL. Seattle also has four safeties already on the team. Guy said he's expecting to "start from the bottom up."
"Whatever they want me to do, I'll do it," Guy said. "Whatever it takes."
There had been some question in the days leading up to the draft about whether Guy and Trevathan would be picked or if they would have to start their careers as undrafted free agents. Guy said he would join the team "with a chip on my shoulder."
He underwent surgery for a torn labrum after the 2011 season ended and was limited in the spring. Guy expects to be close to 100 percent when he arrives for rookie minicamps, which begin on May 10.
But all that seemed far away for Guy on Saturday. He was still trying to live in the moment when his dream came true.
"To be honest with you, it feels like a dream right now," Guy said. "It hasn't really hit me. I'm still trying to soak it in."