The Cincinnati Bengals Select Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

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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
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 /
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With the 122nd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select…

Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

How the mighty fell and the Bengals stole a second round pick in the fourth round. Andrew Billings will be in stripes next season to learn from Geno Atkins and Domata Peko, who are arguably two of the best pass rushers in the league.

The defensive tackle from Baylor is a power style nose tackle, who isn’t the fastest guy but can collapse a pocket and get after the quarterback from the middle. 15 tackles for a loss, five and a half sacks last season. In 2014, he had 11.5 tackles for a loss with only 37 tackles to his name. He will definitely help in the run defense and could be an asset in the pass defense, especially once he gets some experience under his belt.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierline says Billings bottom line is:

"With elite power and unusual closing speed for a big man, Billings has a chance to become something we rarely see ­– a playmaking nose tackle with the ability to dominate at the point of attack. Teams will decide through research and interviews whether Billings can handle the NFL life at such a young age, but if he can, he has all-­pro potential."

There really isn’t any answers to why he fell from the middle of the second round to an end of fourth round draft pick, but the Bengals are sure happy that he did. He has a lot of potential and if he turns into half of what some scouts believe he could, the Bengals will have another steal on their hands.

Welcome to the Jungle Andrew Billings, can’t wait to see what you can do in stripes.

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