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An old-school linebacker, Borland had an outstanding four-year career at Wisconsin that began with Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2009 and culminated with him being selected as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year last season. Borland finished his career ranked sixth all-time at Wisconsin in total tackles (420), fifth in solo tackles (234) and fourth in tackles for loss (50). He set the Big Ten record with 15 forced fumbles, the second-most in FBS history, and recorded three straight 100-tackle seasons from 2011-13. Last season, he became the first Wisconsin linebacker to earn first-team All-America honors since 1951. With Borland leading the way, the Badgers finished sixth in the nation in scoring defense (16.3 points per game) and seventh in total defense (305.1 yards per game). Borland wasn't named a finalist for the Butkus Award given to the nation's top linebacker last season after being forced out for nearly two games with a hamstring injury, and he also missed two games in 2012 with a strained hamstring and played in two games in 2010 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Rated by many as one of the top five inside linebackers available in the draft and a likely third-round selection, Borland has a knack for finding the ball and goes all out when trying to make tackles. He led all players at the Senior Bowl with eight tackles, including one for loss, and forced a fumble. His size could be an issue in the pros, where he may have trouble freeing himself from larger offensive linemen, but he flashed some strength at the NFL combine by finishing fifth among linebackers with 27 reps in the bench press. At his pro day, Borland unofficially ran the 40-yard dash in about 4.7 seconds, an improvement from his combine time of 4.83.