Best-case scenario: Chris Borland

We are looking at the best-case scenario for some mid-round draft picks of the San Francisco 49ers.

Player: Chris Borland

Position: ILB

Round: 3

Earliest he could have big role: Week 1

Why is there an opportunity? Star inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman is recovering from a torn ACL. He is expected to miss about half the season.

Who is in his way: Michael Wilhoite and Nick Moody

Current thoughts: If Borland starts in Week 1, it would be a bit of a surprise. Wilhoite is a good player. He has played well as an injury replacement for the 49ers and they trust him. But Borland is a player who just belongs on the field, if he shows the game is not too fast for him and has a good preseason, I could see him being on the field with Patrick Willis a lot early. But he has to prove it. He will likely be eased into action.