Cincinnati Bengals: 3 Possible First Round Draft Picks

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Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the stage before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view of the stage before the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /
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Andrew Billings

Andrew Billings
Dec 5, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) rushes against the Texas Longhorns during the first quarter at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

With Pat Sims still unsigned and an aging Domata Peko, the Bengals could use a young, big guy inside to strengthen this defense.  Co-defensive player of the year in 2015, Andrew Billings from Baylor is just the man for the job. Billings led his team in tackles for loss (15) and tied first with sacks (5.5).  He was also the 2016 NFL Combine’s top performer in bench press with a monstrous 31 reps.  Billings has a background in power-lifting, which a case can be made by why he’s such a powerful athlete.

Strengths:  Uses very low pad level to successfully split double teams.  With raw strength can win a lot of one on ones.  Has great hand technique which allows him to keep the offensive lineman from engaging into him.  Can be a force in the middle with his powerful bull rush.

Weaknesses:  Still very young and raw, will need time to mature.  Has good power going one way, but struggles to gather himself and change direction.  Subpar backfield vision and anticipation of the snap count.

Comparison: Aaron Donald

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