Denver Broncos Draft Profile: ILB Chris Borland

By Tylor Walden
Chris Borland
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One position that the Denver Broncos did not address in free agency is middle linebacker. The linebacker position is going to be key for the team with Von Miller recovering from his ACL injury. One draft prospect who could be a great fit for the team is Wisconsin Badgers inside linebacker Chris Borland.

Projected to go in the late second round or early third round, Borland could be that missing piece that the Broncos need to make a championship run. He has the passion and the skill to become an elite talent in the pros. He impressed at the combine with his 225 bench press reps at the Combine, and his most impressive skill is his ability to get past the line of scrimmage and stop the runner for no gain or even a loss.

Whenever he sees a seam in the line, he is quick to get to it and make a play on the ball no matter who has it.

Another great attribute of Borland is his ability to drop in coverage, which is a skill at linebacker that the Broncos could use. Once he sees where the ball is being thrown, he can get to the ball carrier quickly or even make a play on it. During his time at Wisconsin, he forced 15 career fumbles, which is second-most in the FBS. A player who can penetrate the line and force turnovers has the makings of becoming a game-changer.

His only quirks are his lack of size and athleticism. He is listed at 6-foot and a bit under 250 pounds. He lacks consistency to play from sideline to sideline at full speed, but should improve on that with time. If the Broncos are on the clock and Borland is available in the late second round, he is one talented player who they should take without question.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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