PROS: A late bloomer in 2017, Borland boomed onto the scene with a big performance in a route against Michigan State before averaging over 6 tackles per game in Buckeye’s final 3 games vs. Michigan, Wisconsin and USC as the base MIKE LB. Instinctive player who trusts his run keys, Borland shows good range against outside runs and in between the tackles alike. Quick to gain ground, Borland isn’t a LB who will catch his tackles, instead building momentum into the LOS and meeting the ball near the line. Athletic ability is present for a larger role than what he was afforded in 2017, so offseason of priming to step into a starting role will be a good measure of discipline in zone coverage. Slippery in head up situations against climbing offensive linemen, can duck under a block with quickness and still uncover in time to challenge the ball.
CONS: Is currently recovering from an offseason Achilles tendon injury, which reportedly will not threaten his status as the team’s starting MIKE entering the 2018 season. Stature is not especially powerful, is a lean 6’1, 229 lbs and does not currently possess a lot of power elements to his game. As a result, Borland relies on anticipation to beat blockers to a spot or DL to occupy and keep him clean to provide pathways to flow to the football. Is an unproven three down player, something that will need to be addressed before he takes the next step as a pro prospect.