UGA’s Clint Boling hopes to be next off NFL’s board for Bulldogs

Clint Boling (60) blocks for Knowshon Moreno in 2008.

Georgia offensive lineman Clint Boling (60) leads the way for Knowshon Moreno.

Clint Boling is on the clock.

No, he’s not the one doing the picking in the NFL draft. But he’s one of the ones waiting and he’s expecting a call tonight.

Or at least he’s hoping for one.

The Georgia Bulldogs’ senior and jack-of-all-trades offensive lineman is projected as a second- or third-round pick in the NFL draft. But as Boling and everybody else knows about the draft, well, you just never know.

“I just kind listen to what my agent’s been telling me,” said Boling, who is represented by Atlanta’s Pat Dye Jr. “I’ve been trying not to read too many blogs and mock drafts and stuff like that.”

Boling said the feedback he has been getting indicates he should be selected by the end of today, which is when the second and third rounds are due to be completed (ESPN’s coverage begins at 6 p.m.).

“[Dye] said it’d probably the second day, but that you’ve got to be ready for anything,” said Boling, who measured in at 6-foot-4, 305-pounds at the combine. “He said he’s seen some crazy things happen during the draft, so you really just have to try to relax and wait to see what happens. I feel like I had a good senior year and good workouts and meetings at the combine. There’s nothing else I can do now.”

Other than throw a party.

Friends and family will be over at the Boling’s house in Alpharetta tonight and they’ll “hang out and maybe grill some food” while watching the draft.

Boling said they had more of an informal “get-together” for last night’s first-round festivities, when he was hoping he might get a surprise call. But he’ll be disappointed if his cell phone doesn’t ring tonight.

“I’m more anxious than anything,” said the Chattahoochee High graduate. “I’m excited about the future, too. I just want to know who I’m going to be playing for and where I’m going to live. It all feels pretty surreal right now.”

Boling leaves Georgia career with a reputation for being one of the program’s most versatile linemen in history. He played every position on the line of scrimmage except center. He started 12 games right guard as a true freshman in 2007, then was moved back and forth between left and right guard and tackle the remainder of his career, sometimes in the same game, occasionally in the same series.

This is why many believe Boling should come off the board early.

“His versatility is one of his greatest assets,” Georgia coach Mark Richt told me this week. “The way NFL rosters are, you only carry about six or seven linemen, so you must have guys that can cross train. It’s one thing to see guys that play tackle one year and guard another year, but it’s another thing to see one play guard and tackle and go from one side to another even in the same game. So they know he can handle it mentally and that’s really helped him a bunch.”

Boling is one of at least four or five Bulldogs hoping to have their name called during the NFL draft. Defensive end Justin Houston, linebacker Akeem Dent, wide receiver Kris Durham, fullback Shaun Chapas and defensive end Demarcus Dobbs will also be paying close attention.

Of course, A.J. Green is already off the board. The junior wide receiver from Summerville, S.C., went with the No. 4 overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals. So Georgia has now had three players chosen among the top 12 picks in the last three drafts, including 2009’s top overall pick Matthew Stafford.

Boling said he hadn’t had a chance to talk to Green yet but hoped to soon. Perhaps he’ll get a congratulatory call from Green after getting picked tonight.

Then they can really throw a party.

49 comments Add your comment

jerry

April 29th, 2011
4:08 pm

first. good luck, clint.

JDawg1785

April 29th, 2011
4:14 pm

Good luck to all Dawgs in the draft!

(Chip, isn’t that picture from 2007, not 2008? They have the SEC 75 patch on the jerseys)

DawginLex

April 29th, 2011
4:24 pm

where’s tide roll?

Boling can’t get drafted right?

He doesn’t meet tide roll’s criteria……….

JimDog 85

April 29th, 2011
4:26 pm

Maybe the Falcons will get him with their 3rd round pick.

dawgs are trash

April 29th, 2011
4:53 pm

Came by here looking for “dawgfan” who just did a drive-by on the Tech board. I don’t really have anything meaningful to add, but based on all the crap uga followers post on other boards I figured I’d stop by and reciprocate. Hope Justin Houston isn’t outside smoking a bowl when the NFL calls this weekend.

Hot Dawg Heaven

April 29th, 2011
5:11 pm

awwww,

That was really, really neat “dawgs are trash”!!

Teach us how to do it!!!!

BG

April 29th, 2011
5:14 pm

Boling will be picked up in the 2nd round. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

Brian

April 29th, 2011
5:14 pm

Chip-
I just wanted to say it is EXTREMELY nice to have a UGA beat writer who actually works and covers the beat. Keep up the good work and keep those stories/blogs coming!

Lincoln County Dawg

April 29th, 2011
5:27 pm

SO let me get this straight….

“dawgs are trash” needed to come by to tell on dawgfan for trash talking on a rival’s sports message board??

Young man, you need to realize in sports, especially college football, there are things we refer to as “bitter rivalries”. I am sorry he offended you, but take it up with him. Call him a “redneck” or a “mutt” or a “McDonalds employee”, or anything else you NERDS like to call UGA folk.

We don’t care what was said where or when. Now move along, son. Lots of yards to mow in your neighborhood so you can save up for that Six Flags season pass this summer.

cadawg

April 29th, 2011
5:27 pm

ditto brian. you’re killin it, chip.

dawgfan

April 29th, 2011
5:30 pm

He had a good senior year? We went 6-7, due in no small part to the offensive line’s almost complete inability to push anyone back so that we could run the ball. Good senior year? Unbelievable. Am I the only one that thinks this coaching staff coddles the players and blows smoke up their rearends about how wonderful they are?
Thanks.

dawgfan

April 29th, 2011
5:44 pm

dawgs are trash, what part of what I said on the Techie blog wasn’t true? You pinheads trash the character and moral fiber of every single one of our football players on a near daily basis. Then the second the tables are turned you run straight to mommy like the pizz ant little sissies you are. Tech fans are an absolute embarassment.

ROZEMAN13

April 29th, 2011
5:45 pm

IM A DOG FAN BUT I REALLY HOPE ALL THE DOGS AND JACKETS GET PICKED HIGH IN THE DRAFT. THEY ALL GAVE US SOME GOODTIMES. WE ARE THE IDIOTS WHO NEVER PLAYED OR COACHED COLLEGE BALL BUT ARE EXPERTS. ME INCLUDED

VININGSDAWG

April 29th, 2011
5:56 pm

Clint had one of the most disappointing Sr seasons around. He was a complete letdown. I guarantee that Fairley is waiting to find out what team will draft Boling. There are at least five OL in the SEC better picks than Boling.

Truth, Justice, and the American Way

April 29th, 2011
6:08 pm

“dawgs are trash” has more class in his little finger than any dawgtard.

And that’s a fact.

Saint Jan Kemp exposed the crappy place that UGA is, and nothing has changed since then. Muck Richt keeps recruiting the same kind of no-class, illiterate trash year after year.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 29th, 2011
6:29 pm

I don’t think it should bother any DAWG fan if Tech. comes onto these blogs and tries to degrade our DAWGS. Take it for what it is. Obviously, Tech. has forgotten how to play football anyway, so they are just showing their jealousy. And we all know that all thier players are future engineers, (most likely the sanitation kind) so they just don’t have time to learn the sport of football. Give em a break.

Cost him

April 29th, 2011
8:53 pm

J. Houston’s use of drugs cost him a lot of money – hope it was worth it for him.

Tom

April 29th, 2011
9:44 pm

Clint, if you go out after tonight’s party……get a designated driver.

just a fan

April 29th, 2011
10:05 pm

Akeem dent just got drafted by the falcons in the 3rd round

still a dawg fan

April 29th, 2011
10:06 pm

Hey Cost him,

Drugs didn’t cost JH any money. Not playing hard every down & taking plays off cost him.He should have listened to right people & come back for his senior year & then he would have been a 1st round pick next year.Somehow every junior who comes out seems to be told he is going to be a 1st
round pick but if that were the case the every team in the draft would get 3 or 4 1st round picks.It’s to bad these kids don’t get better advice

ROZEMAN13

April 29th, 2011
10:13 pm

still dawg agree with you 100 per cent

Tom

April 29th, 2011
10:31 pm

Dent ahead of Colin McCarthy? Really?

Tony

April 29th, 2011
10:53 pm

It a sign of the times.

Easssyy

April 29th, 2011
11:04 pm

So JH smokes some weed? Big Deal. The kid can play. Hopefully he learns something, balances his lifestyle, and continues a tradition of the Chiefs taking solid SEC talent and turning them into stars. GA is behind you JH. Get it done.

Easssyy

April 29th, 2011
11:05 pm

But in all fairness his habit cost him several thousand (if not millions) of $$$$.
You have to make up for it moving forward kid.

snoopy

April 30th, 2011
12:01 am

Boling was not even a very good OL at UGA.. How many times did you see him beat by DE’s & him adjusting his shoulder pads?? 3 – 4 – 5 times a game??

Class kid but a 4, 5th at best pick & have to work his ass off to make a team… I saw talent & good first hit but did not stay w/ block & was beaten often…

Delta Stewardess

April 30th, 2011
1:57 am

Clint couldn’t beat a POTHEAD out in the DRAFT? Well just wait if the NFL is real they will require a Pee test 52 times a year. If you want NFL money then you be CLEAN. No more R Williams and Mikey Vicks plus other are need in the LEAGUE. Every Millionaire I know that did it on their OWN is not a Drug Addict. Now the Record and FAKE Fame business is all about being a DRUG ADDICT.

UGAgrad71

April 30th, 2011
6:23 am

I have a wish that the real and true IQ scores be posted by every screen name posting on this blog. How many of you can put a cogent thought together?

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 30th, 2011
7:29 am

Amen to that UGAgrad71. If hate and negativity was a saleable commodity, some of these folks could be millionaires as well.

RTR

April 30th, 2011
8:04 am

First of all, I would like to profess my belief in Yahweh’s only begotten son and my personal Saviour, Jesus Christ. I know when I reach Heaven’s gates, and I see St. Peter sitting there, I can only hope that he will ask me to surmise my time on Earth and the passion for which I lived and as I tried to live through Him, and I would answer, “Roll Tide.”. He taketh away, but He also giveth. #14 on the way just wait and see. The Lord works in mysterious ways, and He wants the University of Alabama to win another National Championship. Roll Tide!!

monty

April 30th, 2011
8:29 am

Not a Tide fan but it was impressive to see them land 4 players in the 1st round. We know who gets the talent and who develops them . Well done Nick Saban.

Big Dawg

April 30th, 2011
8:43 am

Great comment RTR– except I would like for my Dawgs to win their 3rd mystical national championship. I don’t think JESUS intervenes on our behalf with our Father YAHWEH on winning football games though, but it is a nice thought. May he always bless everyone on this blog and may he keep you, may he make his face to shine upon you and give you peace.

Go Dawgs

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 30th, 2011
8:58 am

Good Lord. Now Tide Fans are involking the Name of God to win a championship. I think he probably has better thing to do than worry about a college football team. Might ask him for a little help and mercy though, with this awful severe weather destruction the Southeast has suffered. And from the looks of that tornadoe that hit close to your stadium, I think you have probably used up your special favors from the almighty. Darn lucky that Alabama University didn’t get more serious damage than it did.

Big Dawg

April 30th, 2011
9:07 am

Snoopy and others with all due respect, that is your opinion and I have to wonder were you paying attention the last few years and realize that the guy kept getting switched to different positions sometimes between plays just about his entire time at Georgia. Obviously you and others on this BLOG have no concept on what it takes to play in the trenches and to be successful at one position much less to be switched all the time. More than any other unit on a football team the offensive and defensive linemen have to know what the guys next to them will do in any given circumstance and be able to adjust in a blink of an eye otherwise the play will get blown up. When we talk about a unit jelling that usually occurs after a few games of these guys playing together as you get familiar with what they will do in any given circumstance. I for one noticed that most of the time it was not Clint Boling who was getting beat but others and he tried to adjust and take up their slack. Any good NFL evaluator in looking at film will notice that and see that Clint Boling has the potential to be a star in the NFL. And if you are wondering I do know what I am talking about as I played until I tore my knee up.

Anyway you are entitled to your opinion as I am entitled to mine but I, if I was a betting man, would be willing to bet you that whatever NFL team gets Clint Boling will be pleasantly surprised at how really good he is especially if he only has to concentrate on playing one position instead of four. May God bless you all.

Go Dawgs

Top Row Dawg

April 30th, 2011
9:15 am

Can we get 7 Dogs drafted? Had 5 last year. Looking it up, UGA has had right at 300 players in the NFL over the years. Football factory baby! Let’s get back on winning track this year Dogs.

RxDawg

April 30th, 2011
10:04 am

““the most disappointing guy I studied because he doesn’t play hard every play.””

John Gruden talking about Justin Houston. And that boys and girls is a bigger reason the Dawgs went 6-7 last year than Mark Richt’s coaching ability. In fact, it’s not even close.

David Granger

April 30th, 2011
10:49 am

Bolling is an awfully good player to still be available. Somebody is going to get a fine player who’s versatile enough to play just about any position on the offensive line.

Draft analyst

April 30th, 2011
11:27 am

Richt thinks NFL rosters only carry 6 or 7 O-lineman? More like 8 but nobody carries only 6 O-lineman. Too easy to lose 2 lineman in one game. Does this guy know anything? No wonder he just fielded a 6-7 team.

tim

April 30th, 2011
11:31 am

Hey,
Did you do a mail bag spot Friday?

snoopy

April 30th, 2011
11:52 am

Big Dawg – Like I said, Clint B is a CLASS kid, I have a friend that’s a good buddy of Clint’s dad, so I know the kid somewhat, thru my friend.. But also, like I said, he’s going to be a 4 – 5th rounder, at best. Apparently the NFL saw what I kinda knew.. He’ll make a good baller in the league, but will have to work his arss off to keep in the league with no guaranteed $$.. Personally, I’d love for the Falcons to be able to get him in the 5th round…

GO Dawgs!!

RTR

April 30th, 2011
12:45 pm

Enjoy your game against Boise, pups. It will be the last time you see a dome for some time. Bryant-Denny is still standing. Roll Tide!!

Yellow Fuzz

April 30th, 2011
1:20 pm

Anyone from Central Florida been drafted yet? Didn’t think so. Just goes to show all those 5 star recruits UNDER achieve at georgia and all those two star recruits OVER achieve at Georgia Tech, Central Florida, etc.

TECH: Achieve more with less!

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 30th, 2011
3:44 pm

RTR,

Why aren’t you there helping out the people that so desperately need help, instead of posting stupid, comments like you do on this board. It is sad when someone such as you thinks only about football, when so many would appreciate your help. Then again, maybe they wouldn’t. You are probably a 90 pound weakling and all you would do is get in the way.

It Ain't Rocket Science

April 30th, 2011
3:46 pm

Yellow Fuzz,

Al you have achieved is showing how ignorant your comments can be. Did tech have any first round drafts or for that fact any second round picks? You, I am sure meant to say, “TECH: Achieve less with less.

Yellow Fuzz

May 1st, 2011
4:20 am

It Ain’t Rocket Science:

I stand by every word I wrote. Tech players reach their potential in college and georgia players do not. And you know I am right! Hahahahahahahahahaha.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 1st, 2011
10:14 am

How did that 7th rounder feel for you yellow fuzz. Think you could do all that good in the SEC, with your option running offense. It is a sorry thing when a tech. fan comes on to a blog concerning UGA players and talks smack when he his team underachieves and accuses UGA of crap. You my friend need to get a life.

Yellow Fuzz

May 1st, 2011
10:37 am

It Ain’t Rocket Science:

Stop using the SEC as an excuse for your lack of results. We can compete there as well as you (and Vandy) have the past 3 years. By the way, how did those last 3 close games with us feel? Get used to Paul Johnson and Staff! georgia is less than a touch down better than us (on paper) and our coaches can out coach yours so you better watch what you say. Keep your pathetic life-LOOOOOOZER! Hahahahahahaha.

JDAWG

May 1st, 2011
2:49 pm

Big Dawg

May 2nd, 2011
7:40 am

Snoopy, good comments I don’t personally know Clint Boling but I do know Dave Johnson who was the tight ends coach there before they hired Stacy Searles to be the 0-line coach instead of promoting Dave. Dave told me that when they recruited Clint (3 star btw) that he was going to be a first team All SEC O-lineman for Georgia and possible first team All American at Guard before he left, that he had heart and was a fierce competitor. I realize due to all the injuries, guys quitting or transfering the last 4 years thus leaving the Dawgs thin on the O-line caused the coaching staff to have to switch him around a lot. Doing this actually hurt his development as a dominating player at his natural position of right offensive guard.

Go Dawgs