Third in a series of seven by NEPD Staff Writer Jerry F.
When you talk to anybody in reference to Brandon Spikes, they would always describe him as a football player. Despite a 5.06 40-yard dash, Coach Bill Belichick saw enough in Spikes to make him a second round pick.
Spikes had a solid college career at Florida where he amassed 307 tackles, 6.5 sacks, six interceptions and four TD’s in his three seasons. In the two preseason games for the Patriots, Brandon Spikes has 6 tackles in limited time and looks poised to battle veteran linebacker Gary Guyton at the inside linebacker position next to Jerod Mayo.
Spikes is a tackling machine that diagnoses plays very quickly and has very good speed to the ball, although he has been beaten on a few outside runs. Coverage will be the crucial learning point, as both Mayo and Spikes have given up multiple catches underneath.
The former gator figures to benefit immensely from Belichick’s linebacker friendly defensive scheme and has a good chance of starting on day one versus Cincinnati Bengals.
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