It seems like we have spent the entire offseason discussing how to construct the New York Giants offensive line. Draft Brandon Scherff. Or Andrus Peat. Or La'el Collins. Or somebody. Sign Mike Iupati. Or Bryan Baluga. Or Orlando Franklin. Or somebody who can play guard so we don't have to watch John Jerry try to do it again.
So, hey, why fight it? Let's throw another name into the discussion. A good one this time, too. Cincinnati Bengals offensive guard Clint Boling.
Boling is a four-year veteran who has spent most of his time in Cincinnati at left guard, which is perfect for the Giants, though he has dabbled a bit at right guard and right tackle. He has 47 starts in 49 career games. Boling will be just 26 during the 2015 season, making him young enough to still have some prime seasons remaining.
Here are Boling's Pro Football Focus grades over the past three seasons, during which time he has been a full-time starter in Cincinnati.
- 2014: +5.8 overall (-4.7 pass blocking, +9.2 run blocking)
- 2013: +6.0 overall (+5.6 pass blocking, -2.1 run blocking)
- 2012: +8.8 overall (+5.2 pass blocking, +1.5 run blocking)
Obviously, Boling had a rough 2014 season when it came to pass blocking, but was dominant as a run blocker. Overall, he has also obviously shown to be a quality player. ESPN recently said it expects the Bengals to "have their hands full" trying to keep Boling, who is likely to draw "significant interest" on the free-agent market.
Boling, similar to Orlando Franklin [Big Blue View profile] would slide naturally into the line at left guard for the Giants, and would also offer positional flexibility if the Giants wanted to shuffle some pieces around.
Our friends at SB Nation's Cincy Jungle expect the Bengals to make a hard push to keep Boling, who they say was "their best offensive lineman" in 2014.
Are you interested in Boling, Giants fans?
By the way, this is the list of the top interior offensive linemen who will be free agents. Wisniewski and Hudson are centers, although Wisniewski has played some guard.
Solid FA class forming for interior OL: 1 Mike Iupati 2 Orlando Franklin 3 Rodney Hudson 4 Stefen Wisniewski 5 Clint Boling 6 Justin Blalock— Evan Silva (@evansilva) February 27, 2015