Former Florida middle linebacker Brandon Spikes, who went silent early in two-a-days last August, still isn’t talking.
Ever the good teammate, Spikes showed up on the practice field Wednesday morning to offer support for the four former Gators going through Pro Day II before about a dozen NFL scouts. Also present was Spikes’ agent, Terry Watson, who also represents running back/receiver/kick returner Brandon James, who worked out Wednesday.
Given the relaxed setting Wednesday morning, I asked Watson if Spikes would agree to a brief interview about the upcoming draft, thinking this might be a good time. After consulting with Spikes, Watson said his client still would rather not talk.
Spikes may not be talking to the media, but Watson said he’s been talking to a lot of NFL teams. Watson said Spikes has received a great deal of interest from the Eagles, Redskins, Patriots, Steelers, Dolphins, Browns, Buccaneers and Bills.
Spikes’ draft stock appeared to slip somewhat when he ran a 4.9 40-yard dash at the first Pro Day on March 17. But Watson said its back up now that teams have been interviewing Spikes and looking at lots of tape of the middle linebacker who made so many plays in his four years at UF.
“They say he is an A-plus in terms of linebacker instincts,” Watson said. “They’re putting a lot into what they’re seeing on tape. They’re seeing that Brandon is a player, and that’s a big thing.”
Watson said the teams that seem to be showing the most interest in Spikes are ones that run a 3-4 defense. Other teams are looking at him as a middle linebacker in a traditional 4-3 defense.