#44 Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin vs Arizona St '13 (via SportCutups)
2013: 111 tackls, 8.5 TFLs, 4 sacks
I think that when you're looking for players in the draft, one of the things that you always want to try to keep in mind is how a particular player's natural proclivities fit into the scheme you're going to be running and the players he will be playing with. I think it's pretty clear that the Jets will be fielding a very good, very active and very athletic D-line in the foreseeable future. Linebackers will probably be mostly clean and able to run to the ball freely. I don't think we rely on our LBs to make tackles as much as others teams might. I don't think we place as much of a premium on instincts and traffic sifting skills as other teams might. I think that in the NYJ defense, we place more of a premium on the ability to be versatile and disruptive. And what I love about the Devil Badger is his versatility and his penchant for blowing ish up.
I know that some folks long for a backer that can run like a deer, dropping deep middle like Urlacher and running sideline to sideline like Derrick Brooks. Good luck with that. I think its extremely rare to find a backer that can cover ground like that while still being able to hold up and maintain the interior integrity of your unit. I think it would be much easier (and smarter) to find a safety that can actually cover some ground... for once. But, I digress.
Borland has some instincts, but he won't ever be confused with Kuechly. He has some athleticism, but he's no Bowman/Willis. He kinda reminds me of Rob Ninkovich, but on the inside. He doesn't jump off the screen at you, but he seems to have a knack for making plays or blowing it up.
He's a demon when he blitzes. And why not give Rex some o' that? He's got a quickness and tenacity that makes him really tough to handle on his way to the QB. Its one of those innate knacks that you can't teach, you either got it or you don't. And he has a pretty wicked Wisconian Devil spin move. I also love the way he runs blitzes and knock some DL three yards into the backfield and just wrecks a play before it starts. Kinda reminds me of Bart a little bit with that. These are useful tools in a Rex Ryan defense, me thinks.