In a recent piece posted on ESPN.com, Neil Hornsby of Pro Football Focus highlights his 10 most underrated players in the NFL.
The list is topped by Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, and also includes Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who checks in at No. 8. Hornsby says Spikes is as good as any middle linebacker in the NFL as a first- and second-down run stuffer.
Thus far in 2012, Spikes has 50 tackles and has forced three fumbles. He has effectively established himself as a tone-setter for the Patriots' defense, and teams with Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower to form one of the more stout starting linebacker trios in the league. In his past two games alone, Spikes has accounted for 19 tackles and a sack.
To read the list in its entirety (note: Insider content), click HERE.