Chris Borland Scouting Report

CHRIS BORLAND – LB – WISCONSIN

Chris Borland

Strengths:

A stout linebacker who is quicker than fast. Plays fast in small areas. Displays good urgency when attacking the line of scrimmage. Does a good job of avoiding blockers and generally flows through bodies well. Versatile and has experience at all linebacker positions. Used as an end/pass-rusher on occasion. Is able to beat lineman with his quickness on blitzes. Has an impressive spin move.

Weaknesses:

Lacks strength. Undersized with short arms. Struggles to take on and shed blocks. Prefers to run around blocks and this will put him out of position and he lacks the speed to recover. Gets pushed around too much by lineman in space. Weak tackler. Plays out of control and misses far too many tackles. Lacks sideline-to-sideline range and is better suited playing on the outside in space. Can be late in finding the football and, once again, lacks the speed to recover. Lacks the overall athleticism necessary to be a great coverage linebacker.

Skills:
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Athleticism: 2.5
Instincts: 2.5
Point of Attack: 2.0
Coverage: 2.0
Pass Rush: 2.5
Tackling: 2.0
Intangibles: 2.5

Verdict: Hate him

Chris Borland has received a lot of hype this off-season and has been a bit of a riser. I’ve even seen comparisons to Zach Thomas… Not sure if serious. Maybe it’s just me but it’s hard to be impressed by a linebacker prospect who isn’t even a sound tackler. His game overall is very average and he does not do one thing exceptionally well. People will point to his motor but I have seen him take his fair share of plays off just like everyone else. I just don’t see Borland ever becoming a stud linebacker in the NFL.

Grade: 4th Round

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