The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away and another crop of former Wisconsin Badgers football players could be on their way to a coveted professional destination.
Below are the mock picks of each Badger Of Honor writer on where some of our favorite players of years’ past might wind up. The first player on the clock is …
Borland proved his worth as a powerful inside linebacker during the last three seasons against the perennial B1G powerhouses, and has shown great sideline-to-sideline speed to defend against the pass if needed. Size comparisons to Zach Thomas have led many to believe Miami will choose him in the second or third rounds. The Dolphins, however, already secured linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler with multi-million dollar contracts last season. I like the Redskins to patch a big hole left by the famed but retired London Fletcher.
– Jon Rzepecki Redskins R3 No. 66
He may be considered undersized to most, but you can’t deny that Borland has the heart, drive and determination to succeed. Borland was a leader for the Wisconsin Badgers and left everything out of the field. But because of his size, he will be drafted in the middle to late second round. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him fall to the Indianapolis Colts.
– Taylor Johnson Colts R2 No. 59
Borland measures up as a mid-draft prospect at first glance, but the tape doesn’t lie. Always in the right spot and with a knack for big plays, look for the Super Bowl runner-up Denver Broncos to take a serious look at Borland. They need immediate depth at LB and there will be no other prospect like Borland left on the board. His sideline to sideline ability will ensure he won’t still be available once the third round begins. – Danny Zillmer Broncos R1 No. 31