The San Francisco 49ers selected Wisconsin linebacker
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
The standout linebacker isn't assuming he'll be filling in for injured All-Pro
"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