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Chris Borland | Linebacker

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/26/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 248
College: Wisconsin
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Former Colts GM Bill Polian compares 49ers ILB Chris Borland to All-Pro Luke Kuechly.
Borland, a third-round pick out of Wisconsin, got a big chance when Patrick Willis (toe) went down in Week 7. He's taken the league by storm and was referred to as "Baby Zach Thomas" by one 49ers official. Over the last five games, Borland has 64 tackles, one sack, nine tackles for a loss, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups. It's impossible to not notice him jumping off the screen when watching 49ers games. Nov 27 - 8:37 AM
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49ers rookie ILB Chris Borland will continue to start after Patrick Willis (toe) was placed on injured reserve.

Borland has the most tackles of any linebacker in the league since stepping in for Willis in Week 7, and is averaging 14.6 fantasy points in his three starts this season. With Willis out for the year, Borland should be an LB1 the rest of the way.
Nov 15 - 10:46 AM

Third-round pick Chris Borland confirmed he expects to compete with Michael Wilhoite for the 49ers' starting inside linebacker job.

"I think it’s his spot right now, but I’m going to fight for it," Borland said. With NaVorro Bowman out at least the first six weeks with a knee injury, Borland has a chance for an early-season role. It's not a concern for him to be behind Wilhoite at this point. Borland can close the gap with a strong training camp. Even if he doesn't start, Borland is expected to be used in a rotation next to Patrick Willis until Bowman returns.
Jul 5 - 2:59 PM

49ers signed third-round ILB Chris Borland to a four-year contract.

Borland does not possess the ideal size, speed, and athleticism of an NFL inside linebacker, but makes up for it with excellent instincts and football intelligence. With NaVorro Bowman out until at least mid-season with a knee injury, Borland will compete with Michael Wilhoite for the starting inside 'backer job in San Francisco.
May 22 - 8:49 PM

49ers selected Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland with the No. 77 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Borland (5-foot-11 1/2, 248) earned 2013 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and set the conference record for career forced fumbles (15). His 420 tackles rank sixth in Wisconsin history, 50 of which went for a loss. A sure tackler with deceptive burst to the ball carrier, Borland has T-Rex arms (29 1/4") and lacks ideal speed (4.83), but overcomes limitations by just being good at football. Smart (32 Wonderlic score), and exceptionally instinctive, Borland projects as a future starting inside linebacker whose coverage deficiencies may have to be masked by scheme. He will likely rotate early with Michael Wilhoite until NaVorro Bowman gets back to full health.
May 9 - 10:12 PM

Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland has been removed from at least one team's draft board due to a balky left shoulder.

The team reportedly believes he needs surgery on the shoulder, which would be Borland's third known operation on the same joint. Other teams passed Borland on his physical and believe he can play through the shoulder problem. Borland never missed a college game because of the shoulder, though he did sit out two in 2012 and one in 2013 with right hamstring injuries. He's a day-two prospect.
Apr 30 - 5:14 AM

Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland clocked forty times of 4.83 and 4.78 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Borland's long speed leaves something to be desired, but he goes 5-foot-11, 245 and is an explosive hitter. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah ranked Borland as a top-50 player in the entire draft in an early-February column. Borland has scheme versatility and could be an impact player inside in either a 3-4 or 4-3.
Feb 24 - 1:59 PM

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