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Brandon Spikes is glad Bill Belichick looked past his 40 time

Bill Belichick, Brandon Spikes

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, and linebacker Brandon Spikes, right, walk onto the field during a sendoff rally at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. The Patriots are to face the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb.5. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)


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.