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2015 NFL DRAFT

Chris Borland, ILB

School: Wisconsin  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Kettering, OH
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 248 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - QUOTES TO NOTE: "To me, my visual of it is like a bowling ball hitting pins. He's got that kind of strike." - Jim Harbaugh on third-round linebacker Chris Borland. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 3/77 -- Chris Borland, ILB, 5-11, 248, Wisconsin...San Francisco is facing a potential six-week absence for All-Pro NaVorro Bowman to start 2014 after sustaining tears to his ACL and MCL in the conference title game. The 49ers liked what they had in Michael Wilhoite, but adding Borland gives them a player that could start right away providing minimal dropoff behind the league's top duo in Bowman and Patrick Willis. That's provided his problem shoulders don't give him more issues. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 84/2. Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin, 6-0, 248, 4.78, 3...Passionate in all endeavors, Borland more than earned the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year Award. Teams are now weighing impact of shoulder problems, including a possible third surgery. On the field he maximized his average speed and below average height with amazing ability to read, react and reject most plays before they developed. Forced 15 career fumbles, second most in FBS history.

Plays with discipline in space and decisiveness at the line. Off the field, he is active within city of Madison community and led teammates in supporting a local cancer patient through the "Badgers Lift for Life" program. Frankly: Big red flag on shoulder problems with two surgeries already, a screw in one shoulder and perhaps another surgery on horizon. One team reportedly took him off its board. A taller Zach Thomas. And while you debate that comparison, consider this is the only time he will be described as taller. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/15/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: Chris Borland, Wisconsin, 6-0, 248, 4.83, 2-3...Passionate in all endeavors, Borland more than earned the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year Award. On the field he maximized his average speed and below average height with amazing ability to read, react and reject most plays before they developed. Forced 15 career fumbles, second most in FBS history. Plays with discipline in space and decisiveness at the line. Off the field, he is active within city of Madison community and led teammates in supporting a local cancer patient through the "Badgers Lift for Life" program. Frankly: A taller Zach Thomas. And while you debate that comparison, consider this is the only time he will be described as taller. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/20/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: SENIOR BOWL WEIGH-IN LOSERS: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin: Borland has been compared to former Miami Dolphins stud linebacker Zach Thomas for much of his career and his instincts and open-field tackling ability warrant the mention. He looked smaller on stage than his official height (5-11 3/8 inches) and weight (245), however, and tied with former teammate, running back James White, with the shortest arms of any player measured Monday (28 5/8 inches). - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/01/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Chris Borland should get plenty of chances to make a difference. As the leader and heart and soul of the defense, Borland wraps up a stellar career against South Carolina. Borland has dealt with hamstring issues this season, but enters the bowl game with a clean bill of health. Borland was recently named the Big Ten Conference's Linebacker of the Year, then learned he was also named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year after finishing with 102 tackles and 8.5 tackles for a loss. - The Sports Xchange

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Chris Borland (UNANIMOUS), Wisconsin, Linebacker...Borland, finished the regular season in a tie for fifth in the Big Ten, averaging 9.27 tackles per game. His 102 total stops were the fifth-most of any Big Ten player despite the fact that he missed an entire game -- and the majority of another -- due to injury. Borland was one of just two unanimous first-team selections by the coaches, along with Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard at defensive back. - Wisconsin football

12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Chris Borland, Wisconsin, Linebacker...For his career, Borland ranks sixth all-time at Wisconsin -- and second among active FBS players - with 410 total tackles. His 50.0 career tackles for loss rank 10th among active players and fourth in UW history. - Wisconsin football

12/04/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY FINALIST: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin...Senior linebacker Chris Borland is the unquestioned leader of the Badgers' defense. His 92 tackles and 8.0 tackles for loss pace a defense that has been suffocating opposing teams all season. Off the field, Borland also sets the pace for the entire Wisconsin athletic department, leading all student-athletes by volunteering more than 125 community service hours since May.

Borland spearheads a Wisconsin defense that has not allowed a touchdown in six of its 11 games and ranks fifth in the country, allowing just 13.4 points per game. In addition to his tackles and TFL numbers, the Ohio native also has 4.0 quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. For his career, Borland is one of just six players in Wisconsin history with 400 tackles. He ranks second among active FBS players with 400 career tackles and fifth with 49.5 tackles for loss. - Wisconsin football

12/03/2013 - 2013 BIG TEN BUTKUS-FITZGERALD LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR: Chris Borland, Wisconsin...Borland, finished the regular season in a tie for fifth in the Big Ten, averaging 9.27 tackles per game. His 102 total stops were the fifth-most of any Big Ten player despite the fact that he missed an entire game -- and the majority of another -- due to injury. Borland was one of just two unanimous first-team selections by the coaches, along with Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard at defensive back.

With double-digit tackles in each of his last six full games, Borland averaged 11.8 stops and 1.0 TFLs per contest in that span. He finished the regular season with seven games in which he recorded at least 10 tackles. For his career, Borland ranks sixth all-time at Wisconsin -- and second among active FBS players - with 410 total tackles. His 50.0 career tackles for loss rank 10th among active players and fourth in UW history. - Wisconsin football

12/03/2013 - 2013 BIG TEN NAGURSKI-WOODSON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Chris Borland, Wisconsin...Voted first-team All-Big Ten for the third straight season, Borland is the fifth Badger to receive the conference's top defensive award, following Erasmus James (2004), Jamar Fletcher (2000), Tom Burke (1998) and Troy Vincent (1991). Borland was named the Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year and leads Wisconsin and ranks third in the conference with 9.3 tackles per game. He also tied the conference record with his 14th career forced fumble earlier this season. - Big Ten football

11/14/2013 - Top Prospect of Week 11: Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland...The proliferation of spread offenses throughout football has made life difficult for those guys born to play inside linebacker. The inside linebackers of the past were revered for their toughness, instincts and physical play. The best ones could play the pass. All could occasionally take on a blocker in the hole, shed and make a sure, clean tackle of the running back for no gain. The ability to do so has become a bit of a lost art. Stanford's Shayne Skov continues to impress with his ability to perform precisely this act.

Against a tough BYU Cougars squad boasting several pro prospects of their own, Wisconsin's Chris Borland wasted no time shaking off any rust from a one-week layoff due to a hamstring pull to lead Wisconsin's defense against one of the nation's most prolific offenses. The Cougars entered the game ranked 12th in the country in total offense, gouging defenses to the tune of 511.1 yards per game. The Badgers held the Cougars to 370 yards, much of that late in the game after Wisconsin had established a 20-3 lead. Statistically speaking, Wisconsin running back James White was the player of the game as his three touchdowns were clearly critical in the Badgers' 27-17 victory. As impressive as White was, the Badgers' senior linebacker was even better. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/14/2013 - Top Prospect of Week 11: Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland...Borland might not be an elite athlete but he possesses extraordinary instincts, light feet and is a sure and physical hitter. He diagnoses plays quickly and attacks blockers, often literally beating them to the punch or simply zipping around them. A perfect example of this came at 6:45 in the first quarter, when Borland perfectly timed the snap on a walkup blitz to pressure BYU quarterback Taysom Hill into the game's first turnover.

Demonstrating as quick and efficient a spin move as I've seen from any linebacker this year, Borland slingshot himself past left guard Solomon Kafu toward Hill, forcing the quarterback to either take or sack or throw the ball prematurely. Hill chose to pass. The quarterback's desperation floater intended for star wideout Cody Hoffman was thrown into double coverage and easily picked off by safety Tanner McEvoy. Borland didn't get any statistical credit for the play, but scouts will note his ability to rush the passer -- a key trait some talent evaluators feel is necessary for a linebacker to warrant first-round consideration. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/14/2013 - Top Prospect of Week 11: Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland...Borland's diagnosis skills, vision and burst make it arguably even tougher to run against him. If he sees a clear lane, he is quick and sure of himself, consistently shooting gaps in an attempt to make a big play. While aggressive, he isn't reckless, showing the patience to wait in the hole and force the back to commit. Borland's awareness and wrap-up tackles resulted in a team-high 13 stops in the victory against the Cougars, including 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Former Miami Dolphins great Zach Thomas (5-foot-11, 242) is an obvious comparison for Borland (5-foot-11, 246). It is a likeness I've heard scouts use and I agree with it. Another strong comparison would be to former Seattle Seahawk Lofa Tatupu, whose possessed as fine of instincts as any linebacker I've ever seen. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/11/2013 - WEEK 11 BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chris Borland, Wisconsin, Sr., LB, Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter...Finished with 13 tackles and matched his career best of two sacks to help Wisconsin defeat BYU in non-conference play last weekend...Notched his 16th career double-digit tackle game and fourth this season and also recorded a quarterback hurry that led to a first-quarter interception.

Part of the Badger defense that held the Cougars to 15 points and more than 140 yards below their season averages...Records his fifth career Defensive Player of the Week honor, tying him with Penn State's Paul Posluszny for the most in conference history...Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Borland (Sept. 24, 2012). - Big Ten football

11/05/2013 - Wisconsin star linebacker Chris Borland doesn't plan to miss another game because of a hamstring injury. The 21st-ranked Badgers (6-2) play BYU on Saturday. Borland missed last week's 28-9 win at Iowa because of his sore hamstring. Coach Gary Andersen said Monday that he'll know for sure in the next day or so about the status of Borland and other injured Badgers. "We've made a lot of progress, some real positive progress in a number of those kids," Andersen said. "But I can't say anybody's going to play for sure yet."

Borland is being a bit more definitive. "I've got confidence for this week," Borland said. "I'd be shocked if I couldn't play." He said he plans to return to practice Tuesday on at least a limited basis. Borland missed a couple days of practice last week after initially getting hurt early in the game against Illinois two weeks ago. Borland has a team-high 57 tackles and two sacks. Backup Marcus Trotter has played well in Borland's place with nine tackles each of the past two games. - AP Sports

09/13/2013 - Scouting the Wisconsin run defense: Hard to judge. The Badgers have outscored their first two opponents, 93-0. Getting early leads and forcing teams to pass has skewed the stats somewhat. Wisconsin has allowed just four drives by opponents to cross midfield this season. - The Sports Xchange

08/22/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: LB Chris Borland - The heart and soul of the defense, the All-Big Ten performer is a tackling machine. He was sorely missed during key moments late in the regular season last year. Borland finished with 104 tackles in 12 games played last season, raising his career total to 308 tackles. "Chris is the heart and soul of that defense," Andersen said. "A lot of people talk about leadership on and off the field. And his consistency with his leadership is the key. There's no ups and downs, no really good days or bad days. He's not overly flashy. He's not a rah-rah guy. ... So I don't know how he does it, but that's kind of his deal." - The Sports Xchange

08/14/2013 - TOP WISCONSIN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. MLB Chris Borland (5-11, 242, 4.65)...Borland is disciplined in space and is rarely fooled, showing good body positioning and timing in coverage. 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. Borland meets the ballcarrier in the hole and strikes through his target with very good strength to deliver a jolt at the point of attack, but his lack of length shows near the line of scrimmage. His lack of NFL size and arm length will be tough to overlook for scouts, but he is a heady player who doesn't make many mistakes and has the productive resume that should get him drafted sometime on the draft's third day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/14/2013 - TOP WISCONSIN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. MLB Chris Borland (5-11, 242, 4.65)...Another Wisconsin prospect who doesn't quite look the part, Borland has marginal height and length, but he has a nose for the ball and it's no coincidence that he's always around the action. A two-star linebacker out of Kettering, Ohio, he saw immediate action at Wisconsin as a true freshman and is well on his way to being one of the most productive defenders in program history, currently with 309 career tackles. Borland already holds the Wisconsin career record for forced fumbles (13) and has made an impact behind the line of scrimmage (41.5 tackles for loss). He read/reacts in a flash and follows the ball extremely well with instinctive anticipation, enough so that Badgers' head coach Gary Andersen compared him to NFL Pro Bowler Eric Weddle, who he coached at Utah. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/14/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: LB Chris Borland is the heart and soul of Wisconsin's defense. He will take on an even bigger role in 2013. Last season Borland missed the Ohio State and Penn State games because of a hamstring injury. The Badgers lost both games. He finished second on the team with 104 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks. He formed a great combination with Mike Taylor. Losing Taylor, the leading tackler for the last two years, hurts, but Borland is ready to take the next step in his development. - The Sports Xchange

07/25/2013 - 2013 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin...With 13 forced fumbles in his career, he needs just one to match the Big Ten record and all-time FBS best of 14. One of those forced fumbles came in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, with Borland also posting a season-high 13 tackles as the Badgers secured their third-consecutive conference title. He then led the Badgers with nine stops in the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford. Borland has 13 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss -- tied for seventh-best in school history -- to his credit and begins his senior season ranked 19th all-time at UW with 308 total tackles. - Wisconsin football

07/25/2013 - Chris Borland is flattered that Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen calls the Badgers' linebacker the best in the county. Now it's time to prove it. ''It means a lot because obviously he's got confidence in me and he comes from a defensive background,'' said Borland, who earned first-team All-Big Ten honors last season. ''It's great to hear that. That said, those are just words so I've got to play well this fall and prove him right.''

Borland, who started all 13 games last year, enters his senior season with 308 career tackles, 41 1/2 for losses and 13 forced fumbles, the most in school history. He needs just to tie the FBS record of 14, shared by five players. Borland said he appreciates why the NCAA adopted new rules on targeting players and hits above the shoulders. ''(But) it's concerning for me as a defensive player,'' he said. ''You don't want to get ejected. A lot of times things happen fast on the field. If you don't anticipate a running back going low and then he does, it could be helmet to helmet. It could be things like that. - AP Sports

07/17/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Chris Borland, Wisconsin...A first-team All-Big Ten pick each of the last two seasons, Borland has proven himself a playmaker as an inside linebacker. With 13 forced fumbles in his career, he needs just one to match the Big Ten record and all-time FBS best of 14. One of those forced fumbles came in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, with Borland also posting a season-high 13 tackles as the Badgers secured their third-consecutive conference title. He then led the Badgers with nine stops in the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford. Borland has 13 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss -- tied for seventh-best in school history -- to his credit and begins his senior season ranked 19th all-time at UW with 308 total tackles. - Wisconsin football

07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin...A first-team All-Big Ten pick each of the last two seasons, Borland has proven himself a playmaker as an inside linebacker. With 13 forced fumbles in his career, he needs just one to match the Big Ten record and all-time FBS best of 14. One of those forced fumbles came in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, with Borland also posting a season-high 13 tackles as the Badgers secured their third-consecutive conference title. He then led the Badgers with nine stops in the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford. Borland has 13 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss -- tied for seventh-best in school history -- to his credit and begins his senior season ranked 19th all-time at UW with 308 total tackles. - Wisconsin football

07/11/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin...Borland, featured on the Bednarik watch list for the second-straight season, heads into his final year at UW as a centerpiece of the Badgers' defense. A first-team All-Big Ten pick each of the last two seasons, Borland has proven himself a playmaker as an inside linebacker.

With 13 forced fumbles in his career, he needs just one to match the Big Ten record and all-time FBS best of 14. One of those forced fumbles came in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, with Borland also posting a season-high 13 tackles as the Badgers secured their third-consecutive conference title. He then led the Badgers with nine stops in the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford.

Borland has 13 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss -- tied for seventh-best in school history -- to his credit and begins his senior season ranked 19th all-time at UW with 308 total tackles. - Wisconsin football

07/11/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Chris Borland, Wisconsin, LB...Borland heads into his final year at UW as a centerpiece of the Badgers' defense. A first-team All-Big Ten pick each of the last two seasons, Borland has proven himself a playmaker as an inside linebacker With 13 forced fumbles in his career, he needs just one to match the Big Ten record and all-time FBS best of 14. One of those forced fumbles came in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, with Borland also posting a season-high 13 tackles as the Badgers secured their third-consecutive conference title. He then led the Badgers with nine stops in the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford.

Borland has 13 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss -- tied for seventh-best in school history -- to his credit and begins his senior season ranked 19th all-time at UW with 308 total tackles. - Wisconsin football

05/21/2013 - 2013 FREAKS LIST: THE 20 CRAZIEST ATHLETES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 9. Chris Borland, Wisconsin, LB: The 5-11, 245-pound linebacker -- the 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year -- has had a knack for turning heads from the days even before he was a Badger. In fact, former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema once told me he remembered noticing Borland in one of the Badgers camps. "I'm watching him and he had about five interceptions in about an hour and half of 7-on-7," said Bielema.

Borland does a standstill box jump of 51 inches, said strength coach Evan Simon. "He can also do a standing back flip at will and one time landed one in the splits for fun. He is as solid as two rocks and one of the hardest workers you'll find."

Not only that, Badger insiders say Borland has also been known to kick 40-yard field goals, practice catching balls either with one hand or behind his back out of the jugs gun and can throw the ball about 50 yards on a line. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

05/21/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin...First team All-Big Ten (coaches), honorable mention All-Big Ten (media) in 2012...One of three players in UW history to have forced and recovered at least three fumbles in the same season (twice, 2009 and 2012)...has forced 13 fumbles in his career. - Wisconsin football

 
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05/12/2014 - QUOTES TO NOTE: "To me, my visual of it is like a bowling ball hitting pins. He's got that kind of strike." - Jim Harbaugh on third-round linebacker Chris Borland. - The Sports Xchange
 

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