Green Bay Packers Should Draft Chris Borland

By Ryan Ratty
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

While the Green Bay Packers are interested in C.J. Mosley, they could very well look toward the second round to upgrade the middle linebacker position. Next to A.J. Hawk, the Packers have failed to find consistency in the past few years. Brad Jones and Jamari Lattimore were pretty bad in 2013, and it is clear that Green Bay should look toward the draft to address the inside linebacker spot next to Hawk.

If the Packers are willing to wait until the second round, a player like Chris Borland comes to mind. Borland played his college football at the University of Wisconsin, and Green Bay is awfully close to Madison. Borland shows the ability to make plays in the running game, despite being undersized at 5-foot-11, 245 pounds. His skills against the pass need improvement, but there is no denying his talent against the run.

Borland has drawn comparisons to Zach Thomas, and many can see how the two are alike. Like Borland, Thomas excelled against the run much better than he did against the pass. It took him a few years to iron out his flaws in the passing game, but Thomas did it. Borland is an instinctive linebacker who makes an impact when he is on the field. He takes on blocks, and you can always find him near the ball at the end of plays.

The Packers need a linebacker who can come in day one and help against the run. Borland can do just that for Green Bay. The Packers don’t have to look very far to find a good linebacker. Borland is a logical fit, and there is no reason why the Packers shouldn’t draft Borland in May’s draft.

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