In less than two weeks, the 2014 NFL Draft will be occurring. It’s an exciting time for football fans as their teams look to improve their teams for the upcoming season. The Kansas City Chiefs have six selections in this year’s draft and have several different directions they could take.
Linebacker isn’t necessarily a position that Kansas City needs to fill this offseason, as they signed free agent Joe Mays to join the likes of Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, and Derrick Johnson. If the Chiefs decide to add yet another name to the talented list of linebackers, perhaps they’ll consider drafting Wisconsin inside linebacker Chris Borland.
Chris Borland spent five seasons as a Badger and had an interesting career there. Not only was he the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2009, but he also kicked extra points for the team on a few occasions. Borland’s linebacker resume included 420 tackles, 17 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, and three interceptions (Source: Sports Reference).
Chris Borland Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.83 seconds
Bench press – 27 reps*
Vertical jump – 31.0 inch
Broad jump – 114.0 inch
3-cone drill – 7.18 seconds
20-yard shuttle – 4.27 seconds
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
Borland has been projected to go in several different rounds of the draft. NFL Draft Scout analyst Rob Rang says that Borland is a second or third round talent.
“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’s strengths according to Rang
Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com thinks Chris Borland will be selected in the later rounds of the draft. He projects him going in either the fourth or fifth round.
“Is short with Tyrannosaurus rex arms — too easily neutralized (struggles to disengage). Eclipsed by larger offensive linemen. Can do a better job protecting his legs.” – Borland’s weaknesses according to Nawrocki
The thing that stood out to me about Chris Borland was that he spent some of his playing time at Wisconsin as a kicker. He kicked three extra points for the team during his freshman year, which is pretty cool for a linebacker.
Obviously if the Chiefs drafted him, they wouldn’t be looking for a kicker. They would want a reliable linebacker who could come in and eventually step into a starting role.
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