With just over a week to go until the start of the 2011 NFL Draft, most pigskin loving fans have seen myriad first round mock drafts. If you’re like me, you’re a bit tired of seeing the same names mentioned over and over, and are instead intrigued by the multitude of talented prospects that might be selected in round two or later.
Well, SB Nation just posted its most recent two round mock draft, so let’s take a look at who they think the Bucs might target with the 51st overall pick:
51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Clint Boling, OT, Georgia. The Bucs need help on the right side, and Boling is a gritty, blue-collar guy that could fit at guard or tackle.
Assuming the Buccaneers land a pass rushing talent in round one, this pick would make a lot of sense for the Buccaneers. Boling, like is mentioned above, is a no-nonsense, reliable and versatile player. He may not ever be the best offensive lineman on the field, but he’ll carry his weight and won’t need years of grooming before being ready to contribute to a young Bucs squad.
Boling was profiled on another SB Nation NFL blog, Behind the Steel Curtain this draft season, and here’s what they had to say about the Georgia product:
Pros: One thing that the Steelers front office will find particularly enticing with regards to Boling is his versatility and experience. He’s a 4-year starter in the tough SEC against top competition and has played both Guard and Tackle positions. He’s also a very smart player with the ability to pick up the blitz. Even though he may lack the lateral agility to play Left Tackle in the NFL he does possess ideal athletic ability to pull and trap from the Guard position. Boling plays with a bit of a nasty streak and with his large frame he has room to put on another 15lbs. to improve his strength. He’s also very durable.