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Chris Borland, Underdog




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Chris Borland is an ILB for Wisonsin. He lead one of the NCAAs best defenses, and oddly enough he did it supposedly only at 5-11 245lbs. He was the 2013 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and he's Mike Mayocks favorite LB prospect. Mike Mayock called him a "sawed off Luke Kuechly" stating analyst and scouts saying he's not athletic enough or too small need to watch their tape. He's viewed as a 3rd round prospect because he's atleast a good few inches shorter than the norm for a Mike linebacker. But while he may not initinally be viewed as a great deal getting picked up in one of the mid rounds, it easily could cash out that way when all is said and done. Remember NaVarro Bowman is only 6-0 242lbs. Due to his lack of height, production and ability he's often compared to the All Pro Zach Thomas when he was coming out of college.

I can't post his footage because Draftbreakdown.com won't let you but check him out. Had a great game against Ohio State. Chris finished with 102 tackles 4 sacks and 2 pass deflections, and thats 40 more tackles than any of his teammates. Like I pointed out he was on one of the best defensive teams in the NCAA, so leading his team to such an extent is pretty amazing.

Here is what the fatty Rob Rang had to say about him:

Strengths: Heady, passionate player. Consistently diagnoses action correctly, attacking seams to make plays near the line of scrimmage and showing better than advertised speed and change of direction while dropping into coverage. He is a no-nonsense LB, showing impressive pop and determination to get to the ball. Borland is disciplined in space and is rarely fooled, showing good body positioning and timing in coverage.

Weaknesses: Despite stellar production, Borland's pedestrian size and athleticism hurt, but there is some validity to the Zach Thomas comparisons. He lacks elite speed and range to consistently play sideline-to-sideline, but effort and motor aren't questions - his body and mind are always at full-go. Lack of length shows near the line of scrimmage.

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a community, that view is no less important.

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