Brandon Spikes was one of the most skilled and seemingly NFL-ready middle linebackers, aside from Alabama's Rolando McClain, coming into the 2010 NFL Draft, and was given a first round grade by many draft gurus.
That all changed at the NFL Combine when Spikes ran over a five second 40 yard dash. He dropped all the way to the 62nd overall pick in the second round, and was selected by the New England Patriots.
Spikes started 39 of 47 games at Florida, recording 307 tackles, with 6.5 sacks , 31.5 stops for losses totaling 89 yards, eight pressures, two forced fumbles and four recoveries. He also deflected 14 passes and intercepted six others, setting the school career record, as he returned four of those for touchdowns.
Spikes was the top tackler on the Gators in 2007 and 2008, and the sixth Gator to ever lead Florida in tackles in back-to-back seasons
Spikes is under pressure to prove the teams that passed on him wrong, and will be one of many to prove that 40-yard dash speed is completely different than game speed and instincts.