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Brandon Spikes is glad Bill Belichick looked past his 40 time

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Brandon Spikes was a two-time first-team All-American at Florida and figured he was sure to be a first-round draft pick. But Spikes ended up lasting until late in the second round before the Patriots took him 62nd overall.

Spikes blames his fall on his 40-yard dash time, and he credits Bill Belichick for being the one coach willing to take a chance on a productive player who was a step slow.

“I felt like it was overlooked. Bill gave me a chance and I play hard every day,” Spikes said today. “I think it was all about the 40 yards in a straight line. It is what it is. I’m not regretting anything that happened.”

That 40-yard dash appeared to hurt Spikes’ draft stock significantly. At the time, draft analyst Mel Kiper said, “Brandon Spikes had a high grade, then he runs the 5.0-flat 40, and I think that was an issue. . . . He had great productivity, really an instinctive kid, but that 40 time really threw a lot of people off.”

Paying attention to that great productivity, more than the 40-yard straight-line run, paid off well for Belichick.

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43 Responses to “Brandon Spikes is glad Bill Belichick looked past his 40 time”
  1. ingraven says: Feb 1, 2012 12:27 PM

    Speed KILLS. Just ask the “Oakland Raiders” how good ALL of their SPEEDY draft picks turned out.

  2. slightlyhyphy says: Feb 1, 2012 12:29 PM

    I bet there will be a ton of played out Raider/Al Davis jokes popping up in this thread very shortly.

  3. smellslikekuka says: Feb 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    Wait..you mean taking Darius Heyward Bey over Crabtree, Maclin, Harvin, Nicks, and Britt was a bad call?

  4. rc33 says: Feb 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    How many “speedier” LB’s will never make interceptions 20 yards down field in the AFC Championship Game? One-handed, no less?
    A very imperfect science.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    We’ll see if he regrets it when Cruz is running past him on a crossing route, or trying to chase down Ballard, who also runs down a 5 flat 40 lmao

  6. pabillsfan says: Feb 1, 2012 12:33 PM

    Look, I think BB is an awesome coach, and that hurts to say that as a Bills fan. I really think he is a genious. HOWEVER, everyone is so quick to get on BB’s nut$ that they forget that maybe the scouting dept had anything to do with this? why is it every time something works out for them, it’s all him? I would think they would have another voice in there at some point? Or does he have all the power in the front office? I’ll be honest, I don’t know that much about the pat’s as i hate them. I just think it would be nice to say, “The scouting Dept. came up with a diamond in the rough with that one”, or something like that. Please don’t get me wrong, once again I think BB is a GREAT coach. Does he really do EVERYTHING?

  7. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 1, 2012 12:33 PM

    Is that Rick Ross in the picture?

  8. realnflmaster says: Feb 1, 2012 12:34 PM

    If you employ a scout or general manager who views running 40 yards in your underwear as an indicator on whether or not the player projects into a good pro, you should immediately relieve that individual of their duties.

    This happens all the time, Anquan Boldin is another example. Crappy 40 time so he fell, turns out he was the second best receiver in his class.

  9. dolphan13 says: Feb 1, 2012 12:35 PM

    Bellichick didnt take a chance on him. He took him late in the 2nd. He was a 1st round talent that was slow. Taking a chance on him would have been taking him in 1st round where he should have been taken.

  10. nesportsfan0428 says: Feb 1, 2012 12:41 PM

    Bellichek paid attention when Spikes absolutley destroyed Knowshon Moreno in college.

  11. boblavoie says: Feb 1, 2012 12:43 PM

    I was there at the “send off” where he was wearing that pink suit. Between Welker’s red pants, Dione’s white suit and Spikes, I thought I was in New Orleans – man they lit up the field.
    Goooo Patriots!!!

  12. rexismybff says: Feb 1, 2012 12:43 PM

    Darth Bill really lucked out on that one!

    Spikes has 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 sacks, and 1 INT in 2 full seasons.

    Other teams must be absolutely kicking themselves to let that much production slip through their fingers. Just more proof positive about what an evil genius Darth Bill really is.

  13. marvsleezy says: Feb 1, 2012 12:49 PM

    Wait, I thought Pats D was awful this year?????

  14. unbreakable02215 says: Feb 1, 2012 12:49 PM

    Championship.

  15. 6ball says: Feb 1, 2012 12:50 PM

    .

    Spot on ….how often do you ask an inside linebacker, or guard to run 40 yds in a straight line.

    .

  16. jackdiesel says: Feb 1, 2012 12:51 PM

    It’s not like 3-4 ILB’s need to be speed demons.

  17. nflovercollegefb says: Feb 1, 2012 1:04 PM

    pabillsfan says:
    Feb 1, 2012 12:33 PM
    Look, I think BB is an awesome coach, and that hurts to say that as a Bills fan. I really think he is a genious. HOWEVER, everyone is so quick to get on BB’s nut$ that they forget that maybe the scouting dept had anything to do with this? why is it every time something works out for them, it’s all him? I would think they would have another voice in there at some point? Or does he have all the power in the front office? I’ll be honest, I don’t know that much about the pat’s as i hate them. I just think it would be nice to say, “The scouting Dept. came up with a diamond in the rough with that one”, or something like that. Please don’t get me wrong, once again I think BB is a GREAT coach. Does he really do EVERYTHING?
    —————————————————
    According to the book “War Room” Belichick gets a consensus from his assistants and personnel people but the final call his his.

    One story has it that in 2006 many of his assistants did not want Laurence Maroney but preferred DeAngelo Williams instead (also could have had Maurice Jones-Drew) but Bill overruled them and took Maroney based on Josh McDaniels brothers recommendation (he was on the Minnesota staff).

    So yeah, BB does kind of do it all.

  18. holdthemayo123 says: Feb 1, 2012 1:14 PM

    @rexismybff – You bust out his stat line? He’s a linebacker known for his run stopping. Do you realize how irrelevant those stats are in that regard?

  19. portnoychunk says: Feb 1, 2012 1:20 PM

    rexismybff says: Feb 1, 2012 12:43 PM

    Darth Bill really lucked out on that one!

    Spikes has 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 sacks, and 1 INT in 2 full seasons.

    Other teams must be absolutely kicking themselves to let that much production slip through their fingers. Just more proof positive about what an evil genius Darth Bill really is.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    lol – yup, stats like that define his play. BTW – he has a sack, a fumble recovery, and an INT all in this post season, so not sure where your info comes from. He’s a tremendous run-stopper – needs to work on his pass coverage skills a bit, but he’s a hard hitter who energizes the defense and plays fearless football. Jets players will enjoy watching him play in the Superbowl from….wait for it….their couches! Take care now Rex!

  20. rushmatic says: Feb 1, 2012 1:21 PM

    rexismybff says:
    Feb 1, 2012 12:43 PM
    Darth Bill really lucked out on that one!

    Spikes has 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 sacks, and 1 INT in 2 full seasons.

    Other teams must be absolutely kicking themselves to let that much production slip through their fingers. Just more proof positive about what an evil genius Darth Bill really is.

    ____________________

    Natural leader/Instinctive/Presence lifts the defense/INTs/Physical/Tough > your stats

  21. S says: Feb 1, 2012 1:23 PM

    Darth Bill really lucked out on that one!

    Spikes has 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 sacks, and 1 INT in 2 full seasons.

    Other teams must be absolutely kicking themselves to let that much production slip through their fingers. Just more proof positive about what an evil genius Darth Bill really is.
    —————

    Rex is New England Patriot fans bff too. May he be the coach in New York for many many years.

    PS-Spikes was a better draft pick than Sanchez – no teams are kicking themselves for letting Sanchez get away.

  22. theandy59 says: Feb 1, 2012 1:24 PM

    @rexismybff

    The lack of “impact” plays by Spikes just indicates he’s not a game changer…yet. He’s missed time due to injuries, and he’s still young. If you watch the Patriots more than when they beat your Jets, you’d know that the defense is better with Spikes on the field than when he’s off it. He’s a solid inside LB who is improving his game, and he’s doing what Belichick asks of him. Of course, they were just unlucky that the Jets grabbed Ducasse right in front of them….I guess they had to take what they could get.

  23. fittytuckin says: Feb 1, 2012 1:27 PM

    @rexismybff & Mr. Wright 212

    The guy came INTO the league as one of the slowest linebackers. Can you imagine when he gets older and “loses” a step? Teams can already exploit him now in coverage, but imagine then. This is a passing league and his best asset is stopping the run.

  24. mychode says: Feb 1, 2012 1:30 PM

    This dude is as slow as mollassas on a cold winter day.

  25. bfloboom says: Feb 1, 2012 1:33 PM

    I’m not sure the 40 time hurt him as much as an attempted eye-gouging in college that was so clearly caught on camera

  26. patsfiend says: Feb 1, 2012 1:49 PM

    Did Rick James stand in for Spikes at the send-off? That’s the worst suit I’ve ever seen. He just needs fuzzy bunny ears.

    Spikes, moreso than Mayo, seems to be the “energy” pumped-up guy in the LB core these days. Bruschi used to be that guy… if Spikes can be half as good as Bruschi was, then he’s a steal.

  27. rexismybff says: Feb 1, 2012 1:59 PM

    rushmatic says: Feb 1, 2012 1:21 PM

    rexismybff says:
    Feb 1, 2012 12:43 PM
    Darth Bill really lucked out on that one!

    Spikes has 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 sacks, and 1 INT in 2 full seasons.

    Other teams must be absolutely kicking themselves to let that much production slip through their fingers. Just more proof positive about what an evil genius Darth Bill really is.

    ____________________

    Natural leader/Instinctive/Presence lifts the defense/INTs/Physical/Tough > your stats

    =======================

    The dude wouldn’t even make the practice squad for the Steelers or Jets. He’s not even a good enough linebacker to get run over by the running backs in Oklahoma drills in training camp for the Steelers.

  28. CKL says: Feb 1, 2012 2:03 PM

    Trolling: “I don’t know what I’m talking about but I have a quiver full of baseless insults and hatred. YAY ME.”

    Spikes is a different dude for sure (see what his “hobby” was in college) but I’m pretty sure that BB talked extensively to his college coach about him. Good for BB considering he was led astray on Chad Jackson. Sigh.

    For some reason this mix of personalities & skills works. I call them (defense) the “Island of Misfit Toys”…no one wanted most of them and they all have flaws…but they are by and large a lovable and usually capable (after a horrible start to the season) bunch.

  29. patfaninbflo says: Feb 1, 2012 2:06 PM

    rexismybff says: Feb 1, 2012 12:43 PM

    Darth Bill really lucked out on that one!

    Spikes has 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 sacks, and 1 INT in 2 full seasons.

    Other teams must be absolutely kicking themselves to let that much production slip through their fingers. Just more proof positive about what an evil genius Darth Bill really is.

    ——————————————————

    Because of injury, Spikes has only played in 20 regular season games in those “2 full seasons” you cite the stats for.

  30. snowpea84 says: Feb 1, 2012 2:21 PM

    Isn’t it kind of early in his career to decide he proved everyone with doubts wrong?
    That being said, he’s good at football. I hope he has a very productive career. You do have to wonder though. Even if he does have a good career, how long will it last? When he does start to lose speed, jsut how slow will he be?

  31. flapjackdaddy says: Feb 1, 2012 2:27 PM

    I remember it well. 5.01.

  32. hifromserbia says: Feb 1, 2012 2:44 PM

    Spikes have 2 INT. This year vs. Baltimor and last year MNF vs. Jets, in the red zone.

  33. rexismybff says: Feb 1, 2012 2:50 PM

    patfaninbflo says:

    “Because of injury, Spikes has only played in 20 regular season games in those “2 full seasons” you cite the stats for.”

    ========================

    So, not only does he not produce, he’s injury prone?

    As I said, he wouldn’t even make it as training camp fodder for linebacker-rich teams like the Jets or Steelers or Ravens.

    I’m starting to get the feeling this Super Bowl will not be competitive at all – the Giants are going to run right through this weak defense.

  34. smellslikekuka says: Feb 1, 2012 3:01 PM

    I think we can all agree, that Brandon Spikes is certainly no Vernon Gholston, who could’nt make a practice squad on the Colts. But hey he was a great 6th overall pick.

  35. bradyisbetterthanrodgers says: Feb 1, 2012 3:34 PM

    rexismybff

    ya the jets defense couldn’t use spikes at all. they are amazing. the jets are pathetic. come talk to me when they are relevant. patriots are in their 5th super bowl in 11 years. jets have not been in one in 43 years. must suck being a jets fan

  36. pabillsfan says: Feb 1, 2012 3:47 PM

    According to the book “War Room” Belichick gets a consensus from his assistants and personnel people but the final call his his.

    One story has it that in 2006 many of his assistants did not want Laurence Maroney but preferred DeAngelo Williams instead (also could have had Maurice Jones-Drew) but Bill overruled them and took Maroney based on Josh McDaniels brothers recommendation (he was on the Minnesota staff).

    So yeah, BB does kind of do it all.

    Hey, just wanted to thank you for answering me w/o crucifying me. It was an honest question and I got an honest answer. Very rare on this site.

  37. severinsmith says: Feb 1, 2012 4:10 PM

    Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    We’ll see if he regrets it when Cruz is running past him on a crossing route, or trying to chase down Ballard, who also runs down a 5 flat 40 lmao

    ———-

    We’ll see who regrets what, when Spikes is wearing Victor Cruz like a friggin’ hat.

  38. homelanddefense says: Feb 1, 2012 4:24 PM

    He is a great run stuffer. But the reason he fell to the second round is not only because of his speed. Aside from taht amazing INT in the AFC Champ game he is often exposed in coverage. Go watch the Steelers Pats game this year, they picked on him the whole game.

    I like the guy, but he is limited in what he can do. Great v the run, bad against the pass.

  39. brazy44 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:45 PM

    paid off, in that he’s a linebacker on the worst defense in NFL in 2011?
    When the patriots beat the ravens in the AFC title game, that was the first team the pats beat anybody that finished with a winning record all year.
    And they didn’t even win that game, the ravens kicker did.
    The G-Men already beat the pats in their own back yard.
    They will do it again and it won’t even be close.
    G-Men by 10+

  40. rushmatic says: Feb 1, 2012 5:12 PM

    rexismybff says:
    Feb 1, 2012 1:59 PM
    rushmatic says: Feb 1, 2012 1:21 PM

    rexismybff says:
    Feb 1, 2012 12:43 PM
    Darth Bill really lucked out on that one!

    Spikes has 0 forced fumbles, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 sacks, and 1 INT in 2 full seasons.

    Other teams must be absolutely kicking themselves to let that much production slip through their fingers. Just more proof positive about what an evil genius Darth Bill really is.

    ____________________

    Natural leader/Instinctive/Presence lifts the defense/INTs/Physical/Tough > your stats

    =======================

    The dude wouldn’t even make the practice squad for the Steelers or Jets. He’s not even a good enough linebacker to get run over by the running backs in Oklahoma drills in training camp for the Steelers.
    _______________________

    Good thing we’re not coaches in the NFL.

  41. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:01 PM

    severinsmith says:
    Feb 1, 2012 4:10 PM
    Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    We’ll see if he regrets it when Cruz is running past him on a crossing route, or trying to chase down Ballard, who also runs down a 5 flat 40 lmao

    ———-

    We’ll see who regrets what, when Spikes is wearing Victor Cruz like a friggin’ hat.
    ————-

    How? He can’t even catch him to hit him. He’ll be in a trail position all game with Cruz playing first base in the middle of the field all game.

  42. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:03 PM

    fittytuckin says:
    Feb 1, 2012 1:27 PM
    @rexismybff & Mr. Wright 212

    The guy came INTO the league as one of the slowest linebackers. Can you imagine when he gets older and “loses” a step? Teams can already exploit him now in coverage, but imagine then. This is a passing league and his best asset is stopping the run.
    ———-

    Hey I have no problem with the kid. He was phenomenal at UF. I am an FSU fan and I hate UF and almost everyone who ever played there, but he was legit in school. I was shocked that he fell so far, regardless of 40 time.

  43. lilrob10201 says: Feb 1, 2012 9:21 PM

    I seen that man in a pink suit doing dirty things on chat roulette.

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