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Analysis of Brandon Spikes pick

04.23.10 at 8:38 pm ET

FOXBORO ‘€” The Gainesville-to-Foxboro pipeline continues.

First, the Patriots took Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham with the 53rd overall pick. Then, they went after another Gator, inside linebacker Brandon Spikes with the No. 62 overall selection.

The 6-foot-3, 249-pound Spikes played inside as a collegian, and will likely occupy that spot at the next level as well. A first-team All-SEC selection each of the last three years, he was accorded as one of the smarter linebackers in college football over the last few seasons, and served as the quarterback of the Florida defense.

He did drop in the draft after a 4.95 time in the 40-yard dash. The Pro Football Weekly draft guide calls him ‘€œa physical, high-motor linebacker in the mold of Bryan Cox.’€ In the New England system, he will challenge Gary Guyton for time at the inside linebacker spot ‘€” a Spikes-Jerod Mayo combo on the inside for the Patriots should be enough to get a lot of New England football fans excited.

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