The Bengals came out on Day 3 and picked up a player who many did not expect to be available in round 4. The pick was Andrew Billings, a strong defensive tackle out of Baylor University. The Bengals needed some help to take away double teams from Geno Atkins in the middle of the line and went out and picked a player who some had mocked to them in the first round.
He's only 21-years-old and there have been some questions about a knee injury that he suffered in high school, but if you're looking for a defensive tackle with plenty of power and play-making ability, look no further. He's the kind of player with a few question marks, but enough strengths that the Bengals must have decided they couldn't continue to pass on him.
Immediately after being selected in Round 4, Billings said he had a huge chip on his shoulder after falling so far, and hopefully, he'll use that to his advantage in Cincinnati.
There has been plenty of speculation on why Billings fell in this year's draft. Is it because of a knee injury that he suffered in high school? Is it because he just turned 21 this March? Is it because he's a raw pass rusher who could still stand to improve certain areas of his technique? If you check out Cincy Jungle's draft profile on him, you'll know that one of the biggest criticisms of him is the fact that he's only seen as a two-down player. There's a good chance this was a big factor in his lengthy tumble.
Billings put up 266 pancake blocks in his junior and senior years in high school as well as 26.5 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks in his two years at Baylor. It's safe to say that he's not only talented, but productive, even if he's not expected to be on the field for every down.
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