Scouting Report: Chris Borland

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst

Chris Borland

ILB SR Wisconsin



Height: 5’11 ¼”                        Weight: 248              Arm length: 29 ¼”                    40 yard Dash: 4.83

Broad Jump: 114 in              Bench: 27                    Vertical jump: 31 in               20 yard Shuttle: 4.27 sec             

 


Strengths

·         Incredibly compact, built like a fire hydrant

·         Smart, tough as nails linebacker

·         Plays with good base, arrives ready to tackle

·         Quick first step, gets to top speed quickly

·         Agile defender

·         Smart player with great field awareness

·         Sets defense and makes the right reads

·         Has a great feel for zone coverage

·         Takes good angels to the ball 

 

 

 

Weaknesses

·         Small frame with very short arms

·         Top end speed is poor

·         Not a sideline to sideline player

·         Not an explosive athlete

·         Can’t disengage from blocks once he’s caught

·         Not an explosive hitter

·         Injury concerns

 

Analysis:

Borland is your classic, try hard defender. He gets by on his smarts but lacks elite size or athleticism.  He’s surprisingly quick and nimble on his feet for how compact he is. He’s great at diagnosing plays and filling the hole. I was expecting more from him as a hitter, He’s got the build of a thumper type linebacker but his tape and combine numbers show a lack of real pop to his game. His short arms are a problem as well. He can’t get off of blocks when corralled and he doesn’t always successfully wrap the ball carrier. All of that considered Borland can play at the next level. His quickness and smarts make up for what he lacks. Just don’t ask him to cover a tight end or a running back in man coverage.