Colts FC Nick South says:
At No. 31, the Colts could go in one of three directions: they could try to improve the run game by drafting an offensive lineman, bolster the middle of the defensive front by drafting a tackle, or simply look at the best player available.
In our FC mock draft, the first-round quality trench players are gone. That leaves Florida’s Brandon Spikes as a consolation prize.
And if that's the case, Spikes is one hell of a parting gift.
Considering GM Bill Polian's draft history, this would be a very viable pick should the first 30 picks work out as projected. Polian and the Colts value production; what a player did in an actual game means so much more than what a player does against a stop watch.
Spikes was an immensely productive player at Florida. He's made All-SEC team lists since his sophomore season, was the only player in the nation to return four interceptions for touchdowns over the last two years, and, even during a “disappointing” injury-plagued senior year, was still a finalist for the Bednarik and Butkus Awards.
Along with his output, Spikes would bring versatility to the Colts' defense. He is capable of playing inside or out, and may even be able to play as an outside rusher to spell Dwight Freeney or Robert Mathis in certain situations.
And for anyone worried about that eye-gouging incident that got him suspended last year…that was just a blip on the radar. Besides, every NFL team has a player that has made some questionable decisions.
Spikes owned up to his mistakes, and is more than capable of being a player the Colts could be proud to have on the roster.
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Well, this is interesting.
Spikes is a good player, but his stock is dropping rapidly—with less than three weeks before the draft, NFLDraftScout.com has him rated as the No. 100 overall prospect with a late-third/early-fourth grade.
Why? Well, Spikes doesn’t run well “against the stopwatch,” recording a 5.0 flat 40-yard dash on his Pro Day. But beyond that, even with injuries factored in, his production went down each year over the last three.
He was phenomenal as a sophomore, great as a junior and then pretty good as a senior. All well and fine, but if you don’t have the “book” numbers to at least boost your stock, that’s an alarming decline.
He has a lot of great qualities—size, explosiveness, tackling ability, etc.—but that speed issue is really dragging him down.
The big problem is that not much else is left.
If the Colts wanted to go tackle, the best one left in this mock is UCLA’s Brian Price…but some scouts question whether his lack of size will allow him to be effective against the run, something the Colts would need with Freeney and Mathis outside. Beyond him, the best guys available are graded out as mid-second rounders or worse.
Linebacker is worse. Daryl Washington is probably the best OLB available, but he’s more of a strong-side project with a mid-second grade.
Inside, there’s really no one that isn’t a reach; as good as Spikes was in college and as fast as Washington’s Donald Butler is rising up draft boards, they’re still both considered late-second/early-third round guys by the “experts.”
And if they went best player available…well, they’d be looking at a handful of guys they don’t really need and USC OT Charles Brown, who is a bit of a project.
So if they like Spikes, it’s the right choice, because he’s at least a need.