Green Bay Packers: Three draft prospects flying under the radar

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Chris Borland

Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Chris Borland takes down Penn State Nittany Lions running back Zach Zwinak (28) at Camp Randall Stadium.
Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Anyone who has followed Wisconsin football knows about Chris Borland. This guy, though “small” for NFL linebackers, is the type of player who is all over the field. He has a nose for the ball and doesn’t shrink in effort and desire when he plays.

Here’s what has to say about Borland:

Borland is a tough, physical defender who has a knack for jarring the ball loose. His best fit in the NFL could be on the inside of a 3-4 defense. He may not have the speed and athleticism to play in a 4-3. Borland is short and not a fluid athlete for pass coverage in the NFL, so he could easily end up being a two-down linebacker and special teams contributor.

He would be a popular choice for those of us who have followed his collegiate career. Taking his next step with the Packers would be a great story to follow.


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  • billy

    what we need is for one of our draft choices to fly right to the pro bowl…a first year starter and star for a change..

    • Andrew

      We have had good rookie players. Eddie lacy, Casey Hayward, Clay Matthews to name a few

  • Kurt

    This is a ridiculous article. All three of these guys are 2nd picks at worst. Latimer is a boarder line first rounder now. Rounds 2-5? We all wish!

  • DoURant

    3 players I would add to this list using the same three positions are: 2nd Rd S – Terrence Brooks/ Florida St, ( with Safety a premium this year, he should easily move into the 3rd rd., especially after running a 4.42 40 at the combine.) 3rd Rd. ILB/OLB – Carl Bradford/ Arizona St.( in a 3-4 can play either position, TT likes versatility with his LB’s.) and 4th Rd. WR – Jeff Janis/ Saginaw Valley St.( after a 4.42 40 at the combine and good size, 6’3″ 220, would fulfill a need in the return game)

    • DoURant

      Since the draft is over, I have to say I really nailed your question, since we drafted 2 of them, even though Janis went to us in the 7th.

  • Phillip

    We need to look to pick up Mosley or Shazier in the 1st, either 1 of them offers an upgrade at the ILB position and can bring a versatility to the position we haven’t seen since who knows when. Both can cover, both can tackle and both can blitz and both are ultimate 3 down guys. Adding either 1 lightens the load on Hawk and would probably even elevate his game, and Hawk is a smart player so he’d be a solid teacher as they progressed. Add 1 of them and then hopefully Bucannon or Ward slides to us at 53, depending on how much TT like 1 of em, maybe sliding up 10 spots for 1 would be definitely worth it. Adding 2 of the players could go a long way in solidifying this tea, its time we figure a way to win without riding on Rodgers back weekly, develop a ground n pound and defense kind of gameplan and with Rodgers we could become unstoppable.