2014 NFL Draft: Ten Prospects the Packers Could Target on Day Two

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Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Chris Borland (44) tackles Brigham Young Cougars running back Adam Hine (28). Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Borland – Inside Linebacker, Wisconsin, 6-0, 245 (4.76)

Borland may be the top inside linebacker prospect outside of Alabama’s C.J. Mosley. He’s explosive, tough, and plays with great football instincts. If you watch any Wisconsin game you’ll see No. 44 making plays all over the field.

In his three years as a starter for the Badgers , Borland went over 100 tackles each season and recorded 10.5 sacks, 37 tackles for loss, 9 forced fumbles, and 13 pass breakups. These numbers also don’t include his outstanding freshmen season in 2009 where he made an impact as a rotational player.

Borland can do it all at the position and would be a sure-fire first round pick if he was only a few inches taller and had longer arms. It seems silly a guy would move down draft boards for this reason, especially when he’s proven he can play at a high level. However, teams may be concerned with Borland’s ability to disengage blockers at the next level because of his lack of arm length.

Despite this, anyone who watches Borland play knows he’s a gritty football player that finds ways to get it done on the field. He would definitely be a welcomed presence on the Packers defense lined up on the inside next to A.J. Hawk.