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Rating the New England Patriots Draft: #62 Brandon Spikes

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62. Brandon Spikes, ILB Florida

Players left: OT Charles Brown, WR Damian Williams

Pros:

  • Top college performer.
  • Solid in passing defense.
  • Elite in run defense.
  • Picked up a 2011 2nd round pick by dropping down from #47 overall.
  • Picked up a 5th round pick (150. Zoltan Mesko)
  • Smart player who compliments Jerod Mayo.
  • Disruptive in the backfield.
  • Emotional leader.

Cons:

  • Not very good straight line speed- although it will be masked in the 3-4 defense.
  • Won't catch many players from behind.

Summary: Great player who could have gone in the first round if he had a great 40 time. He didn't. In the 3-4 defense, Spikes doesn't have to be as fast in a line since he'll be playing in the box.

Final Player Grade: A-. He'll still need to work on his speed, but I believe that Spikes is a steal in this draft. He allows Guyton to become a speed guy (outside blitzer, anyone?) and he can be a great player with Mayo.

Final Draft Pick Grade: A+. We get a 2011 second round pick, Zoltan Mesko AND Spikes. WHAT?!