The 2014 NFL Draft will be upon us in just 97 days, and it is already shaping up to be one of the best classes in recent years. As each NFL team is working on putting together their final list of players to draft, the Green Bay Packers should make sure one name, above all names, is on their draft list. That name is Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Chris Borland.
It is no secret that the Packers need serious help on the defensive side of the ball, especially when it comes to stopping the run and rushing the quarterback. Clay Matthews struggled to stay healthy throughout the season while Brad Jones and Nick Perry did their best to keep things together, but both of them also struggled to stay consistently healthy.
Obviously the Packers have numerous other holes that must be filled on the defense before drafting a linebacker, but if Borland is still around in the third or fourth-round, I say why not take him? His work ethic is second to none and he is one of the most decorated players to ever come out of the Big Ten conference.
Borland was named the Big Ten linebacker of the year in 2013 along with being named the Big Ten defensive player of the year. Just for good measure, Borland was also named a First-Team All-Big Ten and First Team All-American by the FWAA. So if there were any of you out there questioning whether or not he could play in the NFL, those three awards should serve as confirmation.
Stat wise, Borland registered 420 total tackles during his five seasons with the Badgers. On top of his tackles, Borland had 15 forced fumbles which set a new Big Ten record.
The talent and potential is there for Borland to become one of the elite linebackers in the NFL, and a team like Green Bay known for producing quality linebackers could benefit tremendously by drafting him.