Lande: Chris Borland could play 3-4 OLB http://t.co/93WGrjEQrY
— Rotoworld NFL Draft (@Rotoworld_Draft) February 6, 2014
Russ Lande has said that he believes that Wisconsin inside linebacker Chris Borland could play outside linebacker in a 3-4 , comparing him favorably to James Harrison. Borland has a similar build as Harrison did when he came out of Kent State and has been used as a edge rusher in obvious passing situations.
Borland played in a similar style as Brandon Spikes was at Florida and Dont’a Hightower of Alabama where both players would be a two down middle linebacker, tasked with stopping the run. In obvious passing situations, both would move to the line where they would rush the passer from the edge. Under Bret Bielema, this would happen at different times, but when Gary Andersen took over this past year, he was used in that role far more regularly.
Borland has shown some ability to get after the quarterback and has the that same style of build as Harrison, but he is still raw in that respect as he is a middle linebacker by trade. Maybe he can be a 3-4 outside linebacker, but it seems unlikely that he would play that over middle linebacker, where he has shown a tremendous amount of ability and instinct as a run stopper. The questions for him there come down to how confidently teams believe he can play in coverage.