40: 5.15 (estimated)
Does a good job initiating contact in pass protection and as a run blocker. Can redirect with his initial punch and uses his hands well. Uses his size and strength to deliver blow and shows some leg drive as a run blocker. Is able to fill in vs. the blitz and adjust in space somewhat. Shows some ability as a cut blocker. Does a good job on the second level, and hits his assignments. Shows some ability to pull. Does a good job finishing his blocks.
Has poor footwork and it shows when he plays outside. Struggles against speed, and guys can run right around him. Footwork isn't that much better when he's working inside, and struggles to go backwards in pass protection. Lacks pop as a run blocker, and it limits how much push he can get off the snap. He'll take false steps as a run blocker at times, which limits how good position he can get. Needs to do a better job locking on at times, and his punch isn't great when he plays on the edge. Can get bull rushed off the stunt. Limited athlete that doesn't look smooth when he's blocking in space or out ahead on screens.
Boling is a versatile blocker that played across Georgia's line during his tenure. He was a four-year starter, but never started at the same position throughout the year. Logged a total of 48 career starts, with 19 coming at left tackle, 18 at right guard, and 11 at right tackle. As a senior, he would routinely start games at one position, but alternate with other starters in other quarters and series. Most of his reps came at right guard in the games I saw this past year, but he also played a lot at left tackle before Trinton Sturdivant returned midway through the year. After that, he rotated mainly at right tackle with Josh Davis. Despite constantly, moving around the line, he didn't really look super raw at any position.
Despite getting a ton of reps outside, Boling is overmatched for playing tackle at the next level. His experience gives him versatility, but really he only projects as a backup level player on the outside. His footwork just isn't good enough to manage the speed on the outside. He'll only be functional as a stopgap starter in a zone blocking scheme. He's a much better fit inside at guard. But again, he's probably more likely to be a backup than a starter. He just doesn't get great push in the ground game, and was probably the weakest of Georgia's starters throughout the year when it came to moving the pile. He is a position blocker that is limited in pass protection. He played mostly right guard in college, but probably is better off moving to left guard in the pros because he's not a guy you really want left on an island. He probably will make a nice utility player because of his versatility off the bench. I think he can also potentially work at center because of his good hand use and limited footwork won't be a major issue there. He does have some potential to develop as a starter down the road because he's coachable and a hard-worker, evident from the constant shuffling he underwent at Georgia. But even if he does develop, he'll only be an average starter, that unless he really gets better with his hand use, he's going to struggle against all types of NFL defenders, both power player and quick, speed rushers at defensive tackle. Teams should draft him for depth rather than as a potential starter.
Boling can add depth to the Falcons lineup, and play some guard for the team. But he's not really a good candidate to be a starter. And he might not even stick as a guard because his primary competition would be a guy like Garrett Reynolds as the team's inside/out player. HIs best hope is that he can be stashed on the practice squad or as the last linemen for a year or two until Reynolds contract is up, and the Falcons choose not to re-sign him, with the intentions that Boling replaces him in that role. He can add nice depth to the Falcons, but he'd be limited as a starter.
Boling is worth a look in the later rounds because of his value as a versatile backup, but the earliest he should go off the board is the sixth or seventh round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Pass Blocking: 2.5
Run Blocking: 2.0
Mean Streak: 3.0
Scouting reports of the centers, guards, and tackles in the 2011 Draft.
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