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Brandon Spikes (LB)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    249 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 in.
  • College:
    Florida
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: New England Patriots
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 30 (62)
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Pick Analysis: Bill Belichick loves to add "football players" to his roster, and Brandon Spikes is an old-school middle linebacker with the skills to excel as a pro. Although his slow 40 time dropped him down some draft boards, his outstanding production throughout his collegiate career is indicative of his superior instincts and awareness. The Patriots needed to add talent to their linebacker corps, and Spikes gives them a young player with immense potential.

Overview

Spikes is a big, strong physical defender that missed some time in 2009 after being suspended for a game due to an on the field incident early in the season. Spikes is best attacking the line of scrimmage and is a solid tackler in the open field. He uses his hands well to ward off blockers and leverage the ball and understands angles and run fits in the Gators defense. He is an instinctive player that is best versus the run but appears to have limitations in coverage. Spikes is quicker than fast and reacts quickly as plays develop but will need lots of technique work (especially defending the pass) at the next level. Spikes has excellent blood lines and is a good football player that brings attitude and leadership to the linebacker position.


Strengths

Spikes has an outstanding combination of size, strength and toughness for the inside linebacker position. Is a highly-competitive performer who was the heart and soul of his Florida defense. Highly- productive player who earned All-American status. Displays impressive athleticism in multiple facets including in coverage where he’s a playmaker. Supremely instinctive reactor who is extremely quick to diagnose plays and find the football. Has been very durable.

Weaknesses

Can be overly emotional at times. Spikes only possesses average long- speed which limits his range against the run and ability to play in man coverage, Only has average change of direction in space and can be beaten by counter plays. Flashes the ability to effectively blitz but has not been very productive yet in this area.

Grade

7.4

 

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