The Patriots finally made their third pick of the second round and selected Florida LB Brandon Spikes. Spikes instantly improves their linebacker corps and will push to start inside with Jerod Mayo. Brandon Spikes was the leader of Florida’s defense and often called the “Tim Tebow” of the defense (though hopefully more talented…burn!) Despite his poor 40 times, on the field he was always making plays and certainly looked fast enough to play on film. Here’s NFL.com’s 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.”
Spikes will bring an attitude and toughness that was sorely lacking on the defense at times last year.
The Pats entered the draft not having any 3rd rounders, but now have picks 89 and 90. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some trades. They could move up, down, or possibly trade one for a veteran (Kirk Morrison?). It will be interesting to see if the Pats go offense with their 3rd rounders if they choose to use them.