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San Francisco 49ers Draft LB Chris Borland

Posted May 9, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers selected Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland with the 77th selection in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.


The San Francisco 49ers selected Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland with the 77th selection in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-11, 248-pound linebacker was a first-team All-Big Ten selection for three consecutive seasons. He was also selected as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year winner in 2013.

Borland led the Badgers with 112 tackles, with two pass breakups and two forced fumbles in 12 starts.

"That is such a Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh selection," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said following the pick. "In a division of hardheads, the 49ers have just added a thundering hardhead. He's too short. He's too slow. I don't care, he can play."

Borland said he met with the 49ers at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, but he didn't have any other clue that the team was interested in him.

The standout linebacker isn't assuming he'll be filling in for injured All-Pro NaVorro Bowman. Borland will compete with Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody and others to earn the starting inside linebacker position next to seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis.

"I'm just going to find my role," Borland said.

Here's the Wisconsin linebacker’s scouting report courtesy of NFL.com:

Is built low to the ground and bends his knees. Keen eyes and instincts -- has a nose for the ball. Quick to fill downhill (see goal-line play vs. Ohio State when he stuck RB Carlos Hyde in the hole and drove him back). Motor runs hot -- pursues hard and seldom quits on plays. Flows well laterally. Aware in zone. Capable of bringing pressure as a blitzer. Good leaping ability. Intense competitor who loves to play and it shows. Defensive playmaker -- piled up 50 career TFL and 14 FFs. Special intangibles.