Wisconsin Badgers ~ 5113/245
When evaluating MidFielders, these are the Attributes to which I pay most particular attention:
Run Defense ~ Processing Speed, Power, Agility, and Mechanics as he Works Traffic and of course Tackling.
Pass Coverage ~ Processing Speed, Agility, and Verticity. Tackling.
Pass Rush ~ Power, Agility, and Mechanics.
Intangibles ~ Processing Speed, Field Vision, and Motor.
Pass Coverage ~ Competitive. Impressive Fluidity and Field Vision, but sluggish Ricochet and short Height hurt him.
Pass Rush ~ Adept. Mediocre Launch Velocity, but superior Fluidity & Core Power, and remarkably developed Repertoire.
Intangibles ~ Magnificent. Borland is possessed of phenomenal Processing Speed and a tremendous Motor.
Everything matters. It always does.
But I think it's preposterous to imagine that Borland won't be able to play at a very high level because of these concerns.
History is replete with Players who've kicked ass for Years despite their Height.
Honestly, as far as I'm concerned, it's not even remotely an issue.
And as far as Christopher Borland is concerned, I see a MidFielder who brings a sensational combination of Power, Agility, and absolutely astonishing Processing Speed to the table. It is truly a pleasure to watch Tape of Borland, because it seems as if he's constantly one step ahead of the other guys. That means everything in this Great Game.
Borland brings a fusion of that classic brutal, bludgeoning, battering Beast at MidFielder, combined with the outstanding Verticity in Pass Coverage ~ that's Turn & Burn Acuity, Earthlings!! ~ that is so incredibly crucial for MidFielders doing Battle in the 21st Century, all wrapped up with simply sensational Processing Speed.
And mark my words, Brother FootBall Fanatics, if you'd do me that honor:
Christopher Borland is going to be a Pass Rushing Force.
His extraordinary Capacity to read Blocking Schemes, his incredible Talent for navigating the Tactical LandScape, and his outstanding grasp of Angles combined with his tremendous Timing and Instincts, his explosive Closing Speed, and his ability to drop below the SightLine of QuarterBacks and Linemen until it's too late...could reap great rewards.
He will lose some Battles, no doubt. But I've yet to see the Perfect Prospect, and I am confident not only that he'll win far, far more Battles than he loses, but that Christopher Borland personifies precisely the attributes that are most desirable in a Field General in today's Game, and I believe that his Potential to forge an extraordinary Career is immense.
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