As a huge Niners/Badgers football fan, I fully endorse this pick! Take it from the guy with one post on this forum, Borland is an absolute football player, I've been watching him play since he was a senior in Ohio getting recruited by Wisconsin. He's a stud. I'm also obviously biased!
He's a better athlete than he gets credit for as well -- certainly not an upper-echelon athlete - but better than people think.
9. Chris Borland, Wisconsin, LB: The 5-11, 245-pound linebacker -- the 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year -- has had a knack for turning heads from the days even before he was a Badger. In fact, former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema once told me he remembered noticing Borland in one of the Badgers camps. "I'm watching him and he had about five interceptions in about an hour and half of 7-on-7," said Bielema.
Badgers' backer Chris Borland can rip off a standing back flip at will. (USATSI)Borland does a standstill box jump of 51 inches, said strength coach Evan Simon. "He can also do a standing back flip at will and one time landed one in the splits for fun. He is as solid as two rocks and one of the hardest workers you'll find."
Not only that, Badger insiders say Borland has also been known to kick 40-yard field goals, practice catching balls either with one hand or behind his back out of the jugs gun and can throw the ball about 50 yards on a line.