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April 28, 2012As a senior, defensive end Trevor Guyton had a lot to live up to. In each of the past two seasons, one California defensive end had been taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. It took a bit longer for Guyton to be picked up by a pro team -- the 12th pick in the seventh round (219th overall) -- but finally, Guyton is NFL bound with the Minnesota Vikings.
Guyton became the sixth former Bear taken in the draft, and the second in the seventh and final round, after free safety D.J. Campbell was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the ninth pick in the round (216th overall).
In his career, Guyton played in 42 games with 17 starts, tallying 92 tackles, 24.5 TFLs (-104 yards), 11.0 sacks (-75 yards), three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, highlighted by his first ever career touchdown in the 2011 season-opener against Fresno State, when he picked up a fumble and rumbled 19 yards for the score.
Following the season, Guyton was selected to the second-team All-Pac-12 squad, after leading the team with 5.5 sacks (-32 yards) and ranking second in the league with 12.0 tackles for loss (-49 yards), while ranking sixth in the Pac-12 in TFLs per game (0.96) and 10th in sacks (0.42).
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Guyton ran a 5.07 40-yard dash time, recorded a 31-inch vertical leap, an 8-foot-9 broad jump, a 7.45-second three-cone drill time and a 4.53-second 20-yard shuttle time.
Guyton joined The Bear Republic Podcast several weeks ago to talk about the Combine experience and his preparations for the Draft, so be sure to take a listen HERE.