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Gators' Brandon Spikes finally hears his name called in NFL draft



It may have been a longer than expected wait, but former Florida LB Brandon Spikes has finally been drafted.

Spikes, who was the heart and soul of the Gators' defense this past season, was the No. 62 pick of the New England Patriots.

With Spikes' selection, the Gators had  a school-record six players selected in the first two rounds of the draft.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said Spikes' downward spiral in the draft was a direct reflection of his combine and Pro Day workouts.

"Brandon Spikes had a high grade, then he runs the 5 .0-flat 40, and I think that was an issue,'' Kiper said. "Was he just a heck of a college linebacker that will be limited in the NFL? He had great productivity, really an instinctive kid, but that 40 time really threw a lot of people off.''

Spikes was tied for third last season with 68 total tackles, 36 solo. He was the only player in the
nation to record four interception TDs in the past two seasons.

"I’m absolutely excited,'' Spikes said. "I’m ready to get to work. It’s a dream come true, a childhood thing. You’ve been working so hard and it’s finally here. I’m ready to get up to Boston and get started.''

Spikes will be reunited with former Gator Jermaine Cunningham.

"I know it’s going to be different, coming to a new place and around new people,'' Spikes said. "But with him, with my teammate that I’ve been around, he’s like my brother. We built a great relationship through the process in college and he was actually my roommate when we stayed in the dormitories when we were freshmen and sophomores. We’re probably going to room up there. We’ll see.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:51pm]


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