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Spikes will be test case on importance of forty times

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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Spikes will be test case on importance of forty times
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 18, 2010 7:58 PM ET
    We've debated the importance of the main event in the Underwear Olympics plenty around here.

    The forty-yard dash has an influence on draft stock, we know. How much influence it has could be reflected in where Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes gets drafted.

    Spikes was timed in the 5.0 range Wednesday at Florida's pro day. (Some scouts had him in mid 4.9's, others had him higher than 5.) That's extremely slow for an inside linebacker, even one that wasn't expected to run fast.

    Spikes is known as an instinctive, tough player. He's a classic inside linebacker for 3-4 teams, and there aren't a lot out there.

    Before the forty time came out, the general consensus was that Spikes was roughly an early second round pick. We've now heard he could slip as late as rounds 4-5. ESPN's Todd McShay said Thursday Spikes could still go in round two or three.

    A league source says Spikes met with Mike Tomlin and the Steelers staff Tuesday, and Bill Belichick Thursday, so the 3-4 teams are interested.

    How interested they are and where Spikes is taken will be a telling litmus test for how teams really view the forty.
  2. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    Wish there was a breakdown of his 10 and 20 yard splits as well as some of the other drills . . . .
  3. Silverstar

    Silverstar Active Member

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    1.68
    2.85
    5.05

    6.97 in the 3 cone

    According to NFLDraftScout
  4. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    you da man! :bow:
  5. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    I want Spikes in a Cowboys uniform, he's a playmaker on the field and a leader! I also loooooove his nasty streak too!
  6. MarionBarberThe4th

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    Florida's Brandon Spikes will be a 3 / 4. RT @Play4Blood: I hear no LB who ran over a 5.0 has ever been drafted. Will Spikes be the first? about 1 hour ago via UberTwitter
  7. SLATEmosphere

    SLATEmosphere Benched

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    wow really?

    That's going to be an interesting subplot in this draft.

    How far will Spikes tumble?

    I'll gladly take him with our 3rd.
  8. MarionBarberThe4th

    MarionBarberThe4th Well-Known Member

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    Couldnt you see him be a big story on the final 2 days? Ill guess now he will be taken before he gets to our 4th and a lot of us will keep an eye on him wherever he plays

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