NFL Combine 2014: Chris Borland works out for NFL personnel on Day 3

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Borland's numbers were high in the bench press but lower in a couple areas compared to the rest of the linebackers in Indianapolis.

Monday at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, the defensive linemen and linebackers took center stage. With the bench pressing completed on Sunday, standouts Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack and Wisconsin's own Chris Borland took to the field at  Lucas Oil Stadium.

Here's Borland's full performance, complements of NFL.com:

40-YARD DASH BENCH PRESS VERTICAL JUMP 3-CONE DRILL 20-YARD/60-YARD SHUTTLE BROAD JUMP
Chris Borland 4.83 27 31.0" 7.18 4.27/ N/A 114"
Rank among LB 20th 5th T-25th 14th 12th/ N/A T-24th

He started off on the right foot with a strong showing in the bench press, but his 40-yard dash, along with his vertical jump and broad jump, were in the bottom half of the group that tested Monday. But as Ty Dunne from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said, the numbers are what many expected out of the All-Big Ten and Nagurski-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Borland himself, per Dunne's article, is confident he can make an impact at the next level:

"I don't know if there are a lot of players that are a better all-around athlete," Borland said. "I don't think I get a lot of credit for it. I'm small and straight-line speed is not my strong suit necessarily. We'll see how that run goes tomorrow. As far as what it takes to play football, I have all that is required."

Regardless of his times and results, Borland felt the love from many admirers in the media on Twitter:

Plus, a little love from Land-Grant Holy Land founder Luke Zimmerman:

Wisconsin wide receiver Jordan Fredrick quickly came to his former teammate's defense as a commentator declared Borland wasn't big or fast enough:

Pro Day looms next Wednesday to see if he can improve on some of those numbers (B5Q will be there), but honestly, those numbers will not affect his draft stock. NFL general managers and scouts know the drive, instincts, and intangibles of the 5'11, 248-pound linebacker.

Later Tuesday, former Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward runs the gauntlet of physical drills in the last day of the NFL Combine. B5Q will fill you in with his results.

Also check out the great article from Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com about the story of former Badgers tight end Jacob Pedersen and how he found his way to Madison.

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