Bulldogs' Boling ready for draft process to end

ATHENS, Ga. --- The past four months for offensive lineman Clint Boling were all about making himself as attractive as possible to NFL teams.


After his college career at Georgia ended in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., Boling trained in Nashville, practiced and played at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., worked out in Indianapolis at the NFL combine and returned to Athens, Ga., for pro day.

Now he's ready to finally receive the word at his home in Alpharetta, Ga., about his next destination when the NFL Draft begins Thursday.

"After next weekend, I'll be pretty happy once it's all over," Boling said.

Several draft analysts project that the 6-foot-5, 308-pounder will go in the second or third round.

If that's the case, he would be the highest drafted offensive lineman from Georgia since 2003 when the Denver Broncos picked George Foster in the first round with the 20th overall pick and the New Orleans Saints selected Jon Stinchcomb in the second round with pick No. 37.

"Getting picked in the second or third round obviously would be really nice," said Boling, who started 49 games at Georgia where he played both guard and tackle. "As long as I get picked up by somebody is all that matters. Where I get drafted, it's not going to play a huge role as long as I get the opportunity to play for somebody."

Only three Georgia offensive linemen were selected in the past seven drafts: fourth-round pick Max Jean-Gilles in 2006, sixth-round pick Ken Shackleford in 2007 and seventh-round pick Chester Adams in 2008.

Boling's preference is to play tackle, but he says most teams envision him as a guard.

"It really doesn't matter as long as I get the opportunity to play," he said. "I think they know that I'm versatile and I'm able to play both. Maybe I'm a guard and move out to tackle after I get there. I think it's still kind of up in the air."


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