Saturday, April 7, 2012
By proscoutdan Posted at 7:00 AM
BRANDON SPIKES: Florida, 6027 249 5.00. Three-year starter with good instincts and the tools to star on Sunday. Collision tackler that is always around the ball. Opponent’s game plan for him is to try and wall him off and cut him. Had four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns in 2008. Runs through ball carrier when tackling. Active in both the run game and pass coverage. Can run with backs in man to man coverage. Quick to break up on the ball in front of him. Scrapes quickly to the outside and cuts off the backs’ angles. Works his way through traffic and can hold his ground on plays directly at him. Tough, aggressive, and competitive. Plays with knee bend and has the quickness to shuffle and make plays parallel to the line of scrimmage. Strong enough to tackle the ball carrier and the blocker. Productive with 307 tackles over the past three years. Football smart with good work ethic and a passion for the game. Long arms and big hands to control the blockers. His ability to read and react quickly makes up for his lack of track speed. Has had several tipped passes in his career because of his savvy to get into the throwing lane. A strong vocal leader. Did not work out at the Combine. First round. (A- 33 3/8, H-10, BP-DNP, SS-DNP).