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The 2016 NFL Draft is filled with talent along the defensive line, including Baylor's Andrew Billings.
A projected second-round pick this weekend, the nose tackle earned first-team All-America honors, was the Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year following the 2015 season. He led the Bears with 15 tackles for loss and was tied for the team lead in sacks with 5.5.
At 6-1, 311 pounds, Billings will enter the NFL at just 21 years old, something that is of concern to some scouts. Time will tell if his age becomes a negative factor at the next level but it's clear that he has all the tools to become a dominant force in the National Football League for years to come.
Scouting Report From NFL.com
He has the overwhelming strength of a full-grown NFL defensive tackle. 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. – Lance Zierlein
What He Said
"I envision myself with double the knowledge really, and really playing the game smarter, not harder. I want to be able to get all the tricks the defensive linemen have right now and really use them against offensive linemen who have been playing for 12 years in the league." – Andrew Billings on how he envisions himself growing as a player