A few got into a debate on one of the recruiting threads about who was better btw Spikes and Siler and CGator recommended a different thread. I have an opinion on this one, but would be fun for people to throw out some other player comparisons.
I've had the opportunity to watch both up-close in practice as well as games. Siler was a solid, solid LB. Good at everything, but had a ceiling. Hence the draft position. Spikes definitely had his limitations; he was stiff, not the fastest guy and benefited greatly from a scheme that funneled stuff to him. But I'll say this about Spikes...very few realize how savage he was in a few areas and it really changed what people could do against us. He had a great 1st step and I'm sure many remember him beating All-SEC tackles with a speed rush a few times, but his ability to destroy blocks in the run-game is what got him drafted. He was just an angry 250# dude. He won the majority of blocks that didn't have good angles and teams simply wouldn't even run certain plays, bc they knew he'd destroy the guard. That was against teams like bama in 2008 too. That's one of the reasons teams had trouble exploiting our DTs when they were very average. The other thing I'll say about him is that he completely set the tone in practice in early 2008. He was absolutely dominant in drills, but he was also serious AF. People wouldn't take it easy in drills, bc they were scared he'd get pissed and make them go against him.
Siler, Bostic, Crowder, Davis etc were all studs, but if I get a Gator MLB for one game, it's Spikes for sure.
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If the discussion is between Siler and Spikes only as college LB's this is easy. Spikes was a much better all around LB than Siler. Take nothing away from Siler, but he was drafted in the 7th round for one very good reason. Siler was terrible in space, especially in pass coverage and especially in zone coverage. He was always unaware of what was going on in his zone and it was the large knock on him in draft reports. he was an excellent in the box LB behind a tremendous d-Line, which he proved to be his junior year. It is also why he left early, even tho he knew he would be a late rounder or an undrafted FA b/c the D-line returning in 2007 was going to be awful, which they were. With that said, Siler had a nice long NFL career, b/c he was smart and knew his assignments, but just could not cover the pass.
Spikes was slow afoot in a straight line, but he was excellent at diagnosing plays in both the run and the pass. He often times was in the throwing lanes on pass plays and even had some real INT's (not deflected to him) during his college career. I once asked a player on the defense with Spikes what made him so good at those things b/c he was slow afoot, and his answer was simply "film study". Said Spikes watched a ton of tape and knew how to watch it and break it down. His NFL career has not bee the greatest, but he was an excellent MLB in college.
Spike's Mamma made him this pink suit.
He wore it coming off the plane in Glendale. I believe that was his redshirt year and he didn't play but we all noticed him. He wore it again in Miami for the Oklahoma game. Wore it with the Patriots before the Super Bowl too.
Pink suit FTW.
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