Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Chris Borland (44). Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft profile – Chris Borland


2014 NFL Draft

Name:  Chris Borland

School:  Wisconsin

Position:   Inside Linebacker

Age:  23

Height:  6-0

Weight:   248

Positives:  Chris Borland shows great instincts in reading plays before they happen.  He is absolutely superb against the run.  He routinely stops runners in their tracks upon first impact, and he has low center of gravity which gives him the ability to really deliver a crushing blow the ball carrier.  He creates turnovers with hard hits, and the ability to strip the ball during the tackle.  He shows good timing on the blitz.  He has adequate pass coverage skills, especially in zone coverage.

Negatives:  There’s not a whole lot of negatives with Chris Borland.  He lacks the prototypical height for an inside linebacker and he isn’t the greatest athlete you’ll see.  His short stature makes covering bigger tight ends one on one an area that can be exploited by opposing offenses.

Impact on the Redskins:  The Redskins have a void to fill at inside linebacker with the retirement of London Fletcher.  They’ve signed some free agents at ILB, but it’s unknown if any of them will stick.  Borland could compete for the starting job provide another capable hitter and sure tackler on special teams.  Borland’s passion for the game is infectious.  The Redskins could use a player like him.

Where the Redskins might pick him:  The Redskins would have to pick Chris Borland with their third round pick # 66.  It’s possible he could be off the board by then, as I can see him going in the late second round.  But if he’s still on the board at # 66, the Redskins should take him.

Other teams interested:   Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers

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