In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:
Well for the expectations on this board that BB should be hitting on All-Pro players with every pick, yes, the pick wasn't up to snuff.
But if you're living in reality, he was a good player for them on the field and worth the Rd 2 selection. He was a quality, starting caliber NFL inside backer that was a top level player vs. the run and brought a physical edge/toughness to the position.
But hey, keep living in f/riggin fantasy land.
Generally I agree MB, but the point that leads to failure as a pick for me is he didn't last past his rook contract. A personality conflict should have been known prior to drafting the kid (really has he changed since his scouting report?). If you aren't signing your high draft picks past their rook contracts and on average it takes 1-2 years for them to develop into reliable starters. In Spikes case I'd say it took 1.5 years. So I would say 2.5yrs of starting service and being benched for a AFCCG isn't enough return for a 2nd round pick. What good is a pick if you have to replace them every 4 years and it takes 1-2 years to develop? That means you have to spend picks at the same position every 2 years and since they all won't work out it's not worth the investment. Spikes wasn't a bust by anymeans but I do think he was a bad pick because in the end the 2.5yrs of starting service didn't justify the 2nd round pick.
Why sign him past his rookie contract for 3 times the amount of money and you already drafted a capable replacement. We can't start labeling guys as failures because we dont sign them to new big money deals. BB only locks up core players, a philosophy that has never failed him until one of them went on a murdering spree. Brady, Seymour, Light, Wilfork, Mayo, Mankins, Gronk, and Volmer(unless you think Volmer was mistake because you knew he would get his leg rolled up on and broken).