Unlike many other teams in the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers have depth at most positions. From offense to defense, the 49ers are stacked across the board. And while many of these drafted rookies and undrafted rookie free-agents will be looking to make a name for themselves at today’s rookie minicamp, one camp battle I will closely monitor is the play of two inside linebackers.
Those linebackers which include third-round pick (No. 77) ILB Chris Borland and Stanford product ILB Shayne Skov will be something to watch as they fly around the football. Whether excelling in positional drills or grasping the playbook, both of these players will need to hit the ground running if they want to earn playing time.
Borland, although not the ideal H-W-S specimen as his arms are considered “alligator like,” more than makes up for it with his film study and ability to sniff out plays pre-snap. A true student of the game, Borland will likely start the season on special teams as I predict him to lead the team in special teams tackles in 2014.
Skov on the other hand is no speed demon as he said, “I’m not a speed demon, but I know I’m fast enough.” And it’s hard to argue with his production. A linebacker that loves to lay the wood inside the box, Skov is a wildcard and will be one to watch for as the 49ers open up their rookie minicamp.
With rookies set to show the coaching staff their individual skill sets, it will be an interesting matchup as the Borland versus Skov camp battle has begun.