Andrew Billings   DT/NT   Baylor

STRENGTHS
Andrew is a big, powerful defensive lineman whose best position is as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. He has those long arms that should allow him to disengage from blocks and make tackles on the line of scrimmage. He has good power to push the pocket on passing downs and gives good effort on every play. Andrew likes to be locked up on an offensive lineman and he likes being physical with his opponent. He looks on film to be an excellent teammate with the mental strength and mentality it takes to play his position for the team that selects him.

CONCERNS
Andrew plays like he has something wrong with his hips. They are so locked that he lacks the flexibility to change directions or bend without going to the ground. He loses balance if he is not locked onto a blocker and has immature hand usage to get off blocks and make tackles in the hole. Andrew is a rotation nose tackle and his lack of athleticism and football intelligence will affect what round he is selected in this draft. Nevertheless, Andrew could develop into a beast as a nose tackle if he can learn better hand usage.

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 4
Andrewís effort on every play is very good, but he has a lot to learn and with his athletic limitations, Iím not convinced that Andrew will be anything more than a rotation defensive lineman unless he plays smarter than he does right now. He has to understand down and distance and anticipate his opponentís offensive plays. He has to learn much better hand techniques to get off blocks and make tackles. Additionally, he has to work hard to improve his balance and leverage to beat his opponent off the snap. If he gets serious and improves on these issues, he can become a dominating nose tackle or 2 gap Defensive Tackle for the team that selects him. For me personally in this draft, there are a ton of defensive tackles who can play multiple positions on the line of scrimmage. I would let someone else draft Andrew and see where he is at after his first contract. Once againÖthatís just me Iím sure others will think differently.

Drew Boylhart  FEB.2016