Scouting Report: Clint Boling
Clint Boling is an experienced 4year starter who has the versatility to play multiple positions on the offensive line. He has made 49 career starts at Georgia, including 20 at left tackle, 11 at right tackle, and 18 at right guard. In the NFL he will most likely be a full-time guard, but that type of versatility makes him an attractive commodity. Boling has an outstanding work ethic, and is well respected by teammates who named him an offensive captain for the 2010 season. He also won the team’s Leon Farmer Award for dedication to the strength and conditioning program. He is a well-rounded player who has great technique and good functional strength. Boling should be drafted somewhere in round two, and don’t be shocked if it’s towards the beginning of the round.
Boling is a solid pass protector who displays good technique and strong hands. He extends his arms well and uses his strength to control and steer defenders. He has a strong anchor and doesn’t give of ground when faced with power rushers. He displays great instincts in knowing when to pass off blocks and anticipating stunts and blitzes. Boling has an extremely high football IQ. He struggles with top-end speed when he is playing tackle, and even had a tough time with the ultra-quick Nick Fairley on the inside. He tends to play a bit too high and is a poor knee bender. Boling is just an average athlete and has a relatively high center of gravity.
Overall, Boling is a better run blocker than a pass blocker. He is light on his feet and he can pull and trap with great effectiveness. He really gets to the second level well, and can locate defenders in space. He also plays with a bit of a mean streak, which NFL teams will love. He has a strong lower body and is an effective drive blocker. He is not overpowering, however, and he has the tendency to catch defenders instead of being the aggressor. Boling does a great job of sealing off rushing lanes, and once he locks on a defender he does not let go.
Boling is a smart, heady player with a really high football IQ. He is not easily fooled and does a great job anticipating stunts and blitzes. What he lacks as an athlete, he makes up for in work ethic and intangibles. He is a leader both on and off the field. Boling understand multiple positions on the line, and has been an effective player wherever he has been needed.
Boling displays good hand placement, and is technically very sound. He needs to get stronger with his initial punch as he tends to catch players instead of knocking them off balance. He has strong hands, but could stand to be more violent and aggressive with his hand use. Boling only has average arm length (33 ½”) so he needs to negate this by not allowing defenders to get into his body with strength at the point of attack.
Boling has good mobility as is surprisingly light on his feet. Despite an average initial burst, he gets to the second level well and looks good running in space. He is really effective when asked to pull or trap and has enough straight line speed to keep up with a play on the edge.
Boling has nice quick feet for a player of his size, and generally displays good footwork. He is a good drive blocker and keeps his legs churning when locked up against a defender. As a tackle against edge speed, he can tend to be too shallow on his drop step allowing defender to get the edge and in turn causes him to lunge and get off balance.
Boling is about as well respected amongst players and fans as a person can be. He was named to UGA’s Team of the Decade, and ranks second in school history with his 49 career starts, including the last 38 in a row. He is extremely durable and self-motivated and is a leader on the field, in the weight room and in the community. He played high school basketball, and also started as a tight end and defensive lineman on his high school team.
2010: Played and started in all 13 games, 7 at left tackle, 2 at right tackle and 4 at right guard.
2009: Played and started in all 13 games, 6 at left tackle, 6 at right tackle and 1 at right guard.
2008: Played and started in all 12 games, 7 at left tackle, 2 at right tackle and 3 at right guard.
2007: Played in 13 games with 11 starts, 1 at right tackle and 10 at right guard.
Boling is a risk management and insurance major.
Awards & Honors
2010: Named All-SEC First Team by SEC Coaches and Second Team by Associated Press and Phil Steele, selected as team’s offensive captain, earned team’s Leon Farmer Award for dedication to the strength and conditioning program.
2009: Named All-SEC by Sporting News and All-SEC Second Team by Associated Press and Phil Steele.
2008: Named to CollegeFootballNews.com’s All-Sophomore Second Team, First Team All-SEC by Associated Press, also Phil Steele’s All-SEC Second Team.
2007: Named to the Freshman All-America First Team by Scout.com and Freshman All-America Second Team by Rivals.com.
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