With just over a week away from the 2014 NFL Draft, teams are making final adjustments to their draft boards. That also includes meeting with medical staffs from around the league to get up-to-date reports on draft prospects.
That spells trouble for former Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Chris Borland. Because of shoulder injuries since his freshman year , Borland has been left off of one NFL team’s draft board according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Borland’s freshman year saw him play with a torn labrum leading to surgery after the season. In his sophomore year, Borland played just two games before having another surgery. And in December of that year he had surgery to repair a torn labrum on his right shoulder.
Since then Borland has not had any problems with either of his shoulders.
One NFL executive told the Journal Sentinel that the concern lies with the linebacker’s left shoulder.
The issue with his shoulder is that he had a repair and the screw has kind of slid down in the joint. So there’s a feeling that he’s going to have to have another surgery. It would be his third one.
I understand the concern that this executive may have. The surgeries Borland has had definitely does raise a red flag and a cause for concern. But because he has not dealt with anything shoulder related in the past few years, I happen to share the view of what another executive told the Journal Sentinel.
Yes, Borland does have concerns with his shoulders, especially the one with the screw, but he is not a fail on our board. Just a concern. The guy is tough and rarely misses time, but the injuries are a concern because of the position he plays.
Will this hurt Borland in the upcoming NFL Draft? I guess only time will tell. But whatever team does happen to land Borland will certainly get a great player.