By TOM LEA
MADISON – Chris Borland said he hasn’t truly taken the time to think about his football future as it pertains to a potential NFL career, but he did say he fully intends to submit his name to the NFL Draft Advisory Board, a resource that provides underclassmen information in regard to their draft stock.
“I don’t know when I’m going to hear back so (any decision) would depend on that,” Borland said following a recent practice. “I’m just not entirely sure right now. I haven’t really discussed it that much with my family.”
But leaving early is definitely something Borland has processed in his mind. He finished the year with 95 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and six pass deflections.
He was named First team All-Big Ten by the league’s coaches and honorable mention All-Big Ten by members of the media.
“It’s something I’ve contemplated,” Borland said. “But I think the deadline for declaring is a long way away. I have a lot on my plate so I don’t really think about it that much.”
Mel Kiper Jr. lists Borland as the fourth best junior inside linebacker and says he’s ‘just very productive.’ He does not list Borland among the top 100 players eligible for the 2013 draft, however.
WalterFootball.com ranks Borland as the No. 12 inside linebacker in the 2013 draft if he were to declare. The website projects the 5-foot-11, 242-pound middle linebacker as a 4-6th round selection.
Borland, who started his career at Wisconsin as an outside linebacker, said he doesn’t care where a NFL team would want him to play. He said he would play anywhere.
He also said he wouldn’t sit down and think about any decision until after the Rose Bowl and that the coaching changes throughout the program won’t play a major role in his decision to stay or go.
“Probably not,” he said. “For defensive guys I don’t think it matters that much. Offensive schemes can change drastically with how many times a running back gets the ball or what kind of blocking scheme an offensive line uses.
“But for what defenses do it’s pretty similar. It wouldn’t affect your evaluation.”
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