Versatility, experience could make Boling Day One starter

Posted Jan. 26, 2011 @ 11:58 a.m.
Posted By Nolan Nawrocki

The following is the third in a series of scouting reports for draft prospects who are participating in this year's Senior Bowl. These reports from PFW draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki will be running all week leading up to Saturday evening's game in Mobile, Ala.

OL Clint Boling
University of Georgia

Height: 6-4 7/8 Weight: 310 Speed: 5.20e
Arm: 33¼ Hand:Age: 22

Upside

- Outstanding work ethic — is very self-motivated and driven

- Solid, functional run blocker

- Patient in his sets and does not give up ground when he locks up

- Is quick to sort out the blitz — great instincts and feel for the game

- Is light on his feet and can adjust well to movement, pull and trap

Downside

- Has tight ankles and plays a bit straight-legged and tall, negating his power base

- Can improve his punch strength — tends to catch and steer

- Not an elite foot athlete and could struggle some with top speed

- Can do a better job finishing

- Average arm length for the outside

The way we see it

An extremely smart, versatile, four-year starter in the Southeastern Conference, Boling understands angles and positioning, has good functional strength inside and should be able to step into a starting lineup as a very sound, positional blocker from Day One.

 

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