Everyone predicted and expected inside linebacker Chris Borland to be the first Wisconsin Badger to be selected in the 2014 NFL
Draft and many thought it would come in the second round.
Not only did Borland last until the 3rd round, but he was the second player selected. Dezmen Southward went first in the 3rd round, the 68th player taken overall, to the Atlanta Falcons. Southward was the fifth safety taken in the draft. The first four all went in the opening round on Thursday.
Southward couldn’t take part in the NFL Combine because of injuries. But he did participate 10-days later at UW’s pro day and Southward didn’t disappoint. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds.
Linebacker Chris Borland didn’t go until 9-selections later, 77th overall to the San Francisco 49ers. Borland was the 10th linebacker selected.