49ers’ select ILB Chris Borland in the third-round

AP

AP

The San Francisco 49ers found an absolute steal as they selected Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland in the third-round (No. 77). A player I had the 49ers targeting over a month ago, GM Trent Baalke proved me right as he drafted the diminutive but talented Big Ten tackling machine. An assessment I made as I said:


At 5-foot-11 and 248 pounds, Borland is often compared to another diminutive linebacker in MLB Zack Thomas. A tackling machine as Borland has the high-motor to run sideline-to-sideline, the Wisconsin product would be a nice young addition to the inside linebacker position. A true leader and hard worker both on and off the field, Borland’s rare combination of read-and-react style of play should bode well in DC Vic Fangio’s defense. A tenacious defender with the ability to shed blockers at the point of attack, Borland would be an ideal fit in the 49ers 3-4 scheme.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In 2013 Borland had a career season as he recorded 112 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. A leader on the field with the character to match, the 49ers strike gold once again as they find “value” in the third-round. Borland spoke on his strengths as he said, “I just got a great feel for the game. I really approach it as a student and learn everything I can and I think it really shows in my film. Take great angles, understand what the offense is trying to do and what we’re trying to do defensively. So that’s my strong suit.”

 

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