2016 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Baylor DT Andrew Billings

As we delve into the Pittsburgh Steelers offseason, our attention has now shifted to the 2016 NFL Draft as it relates to the prospects. From now until the draft takes place, we hope to profile as many draft prospects as we possibly can for you. Most of these player profiles will be centered around prospects the Steelers are likely to have interest in.
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A breakdown of one of the draft’s top defensive lineman this year. Baylor’s Andrew Billings.

#75 Andrew Billings/DT — Baylor, 6’2”, 300

The Good:

-Exceptionally strong at point of attack
-Able to anchor well against double-teams
-Wide, low base with great core strength
-Very explosive for size
-Packs powerful punch at point of attack, stunning OL
-Uses length and leverage to his advantage
-Underrated athletically for interior DL
-Able to change directions quickly when in pursuit; impressive lateral quickness
-Sorts through traffic well when working down the line of scrimmage
-Requires multiple blockers along interior; nearly impossible to block one-on-one
-When locked in he has a high motor
-Level of play elevates, as the competition gets tougher

The Bad:

-Occasionally stops his feet when locked in a battle
-Balance can be an issue; falls to the ground when he doesn’t bring his feet
-Struggles to find the football
-Seems more interested in blowing up OL in front of him, instead of finding the ball
-Relies on bull rush far too often when pushing the pocket
-Tends to rush passer with head down; misses tons of sack opportunities by doing this
-Consistency/effort isn’t always there snap-to-snap
-Needs to work on said consistency, especially with technique
-Doesn’t get off blocks in a timely fashion at times
-Effectiveness is thwarted against up-tempo teams

Other:

-Consensus first team All Big-12 as a sophomore
-Recorded at least one tackle in all 24 games played
Selected 2015 Preseason Big 12 Defensive Player of Year by league media, named preseason first-team All-Big 12 by league media, Sporting News, ESPN, Athlon, Lindy’s and Phil Steele
-Named “Strongest Player in College Football” by NFL.com
-Accomplished weightlifter, broke 22-year-old Texas prep state meet record with 2,010 pound effort (805 squat, 500 bench, 705 dead lift) in 2012 — previous record was held by Mark Henry
-Team-best 690-pound squat, team-best 400-pound clean lift… Vertical jump measured at 32-inches even, broad jump at nine feet, two inches
-Clocked at 4.94 in 40-yard dash at Baylor
-Recorded 11.5 tackles for loss at 2.0 sacks as sophomore
-Will turn just 20 years old on March 6.

Film Breakdown:

When watching tape of Billings it is easy to see how and why he was able to snap those Texas prep weightlifting marks.

Billings is a thick, powerful freak along the interior of the defensive line that plays through a wide base, allowing him to anchor against the run while also being able to generate a powerful punch at the point of attack, stunning the offensive lineman.

Not only is Billings one of the strongest defensive linemen I’ve ever seen, but he is very underrated athletically and changes directions well when in pursuit.

Most people will try to pigeonhole him as a 0 or 1-tech in the NFL, but I see no reasons as to why he can’t play the 3-tech in the NFL as a two-gapping defensive lineman.

The 19-year old defensive lineman is so quick off the ball at times that it’s almost unfair for the guys trying to block him. He’s able to combine impressive explosion with outstanding strength. That forces opposing teams to have to double-team him, which opens up space for the rest of the front seven.

Against the Kansas Jayhawks this past season, Billings put his combination of speed, power and use of leverage on full display.

Take a look at this clip on second and short against the Jayhawks.

With it being a short-yardage situation, Billings come out of his stance low to blow up the down-blocking center, forcing the pulling guard to go deeper into the backfield before finding his way into the hole.

By exploding low out of his stance to blow up the down-block, Billings creates a window of opportunity for the linebacker behind him to get into the hole to make the play, stopping the running back short of the first down.

Want another display of quickness by the 300-plus pound man? Take a look at this clip against Rice this past season.

Granted, the Owls leave Billings unblocked (HUGE mistake), but look at the ability to read his keys before bursting forward with terrifying straight-line speed.

Goodness gracious that is scary. For a man of his size and strength to be able to burst forward with that speed is so impressive.

I’m really interested to see how Billings does during his Pro Day in the short shuttle and three-cone drills, but based off of his showing on tape he has all the makings of an explosive athlete along the interior DL.

When he doesn’t get a great jump off the ball, Billings is able to use his power to still blow up the play.

Look at this play against Kansas State in 2014 when Billings was just 18 years old.

The amount of power he is able to generate here from his wide base and strong arms is incredible.  He handles Wildcats guard Boston Stiverson with ease before wrapping up Jake Waters for the loss.

By using leverage and a strong base Billings should be able to translate this to the NFL. Sure, his technique isn’t great, but if his position coach at the next level can harness that power while cleaning up his technique…look out.

Here’s another example of Billings’ explosion and power, this from the SMU game this past season.

He’s so quick off the ball and just blows up the Mustangs’ guard, forcing the QB to pull the ball down and scramble due to the pocket collapsing.

That’s how much power Billings is able to generate in just two steps. Good luck to future NFL centers and guards that have to deal with that.

While Billings is a “sexy” prospect because of his power, speed and impressive athletic traits of a man his size, I am concerned with the lack of football I.Q. and his ability to find the football on a consistent basis.

This is just one play out of a large handful that I have issues with regarding Billings’ ability to find the football, but it stands out for more reasons than that.

Billings is more worried about blowing up the lineman across from him than finding the football.

Sure, it looks great on film as Billings is toppling his opponent, but the Rice running back is able to burst right past him.

Throughout the seven games that I watched of Billings, he did this a lot. It’s great that he’s able to absolutely blow up an offensive lineman, but if it takes him out of the play, then what is the point?

This will need to be corrected at the next level.

That being said, I am enamored with the power, speed and athletic traits of Billings, who will turn just 20 years old on March 6.

As a young talent, Billings can be molded into an absolute monster in the NFL with the right coaching.

I’m comfortable saying he’s a lock for a top 20 selection, should he pass all of the tests at the Combine and Baylor’s Pro Day.

Projection:  Mid-1st

Games watched:  at Oklahoma (’14), vs. Kansas State (’14), vs. WVU (’15), vs. Rice (’15), vs. Oklahoma (’15), vs. SMU (’15), vs. Kansas (’15)

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  • ATL96STEELER

    I’ve been waiting for some info on this guy…the running joke is you have to be a little leery of DEF players from the B12, but I like what he brings in the middle…Top 20? Wow…We’ll have to see how he stacks up to the two Bama DTs…both look and played the part of a 3-4 NT as well.

  • PittsburghSports

    Unless we switch the defense to a 335 Nickel, I want nothing to do with a NT in the 1st rd. I actually would love to switch to that type of Nickel, but playing a 245 Nickel +70% of the time makes a 1st rd NT a useless investment. Really good player though, and he might be available when we pick, but unless he’s 3 inches taller and has 34 or 35 inch arms, we’re not touching him.

  • Michael James

    One of the picks I would love. There are so many good things about him: He is very young and his potential is unbelievable, he can play NT and stay on the field in the nickel formation to give Tuitt/Heyward a breather and he just looks like a mean Steeler.

  • Spencer Krick

    If he could play NT and give some snaps in the nickel, he’d be a fantastic addition.

  • Michael Conrad

    I would love to get this guy or a DE in the first round we need help up front and a OLB/E in the second. I think there will be a good CB in the third to draft and I look for the steelers to add a safety in FA. I have said Ben will get to the super bowl when the defense gets better Stop the run make them pass and a good pass rush and right now they need pass rush help. Hayward and Tuitt need help up front.

  • falconsaftey43

    I see no reason he wouldn’t be an option because he is not just a two gapping run stuffing NT like Jarran Reed and some of the other guys. He has a lot of burst and explosion to be a very good 3-tech as one of the linemen in our 2-4-5.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Steelers did not even use a capable guy like McClendon to spell the 2 studs this past year, except when Tuitt was hurt. Therefore you are probably correct that there is no way they would pick him.

    But I would. He can spell those guys or use the strength of your team and play a 335 occasionally as you suggest. There are so many possibilities. He could play some in their 425, which they use an awful lot. Also, please observe how many good defences now have 5 or 6 good linemen that they rotate. No wonder they are usually going 100 mph and consistently causing mayhem.

    Remember when they Steelers use to attack in defence? I hope they can do that again some time soon.

  • taztroy43

    Wow i would want this dude for the steelers…but like A. Donald dt rams he probably won’t be there

  • Big Joe

    While I can see your point, I’m just not sure I’d use a 1st Rd pick on the maybe’s, especially when we didn’t use McClendon in that way and he was far more untuned with the defense than Billings would be. If Reed were to fall to us, then yes, I’d grab Reed and switch him to DE.

  • PittsburghSports

    Well I’ll give you 1 reason, and I think it’s a big one. Steelers have a template for defensive lineman, and I don’t think Billings fits it. A couple years ago, maybe. He’d fit perfectly as a NT, but that’s not who we are anymore. We used the 245 Nickel 85.5% of snaps in the playoffs. That’s who we are, and if you’re gonna play DE in that scheme, you better fit the template of Heyward and Tuitt, or you’re not gonna see the field.

  • Big Joe

    He’ll go to a 4/3 team

  • Big Joe

    Agree. He’s a 4/3 d-lineman in scheme and isn’t a template fit for a steelers DE. While he would be for NT, I don’t see us drafting a NT in 1st Rd given we only use it around 35% of the time. Maybe we see if a 6-3/6-4 265/275 college DE has the skills/speed to fit into our scheme outside as a LB. Don’t know if any of them can, but could be worth a look during the draft process.

  • PittsburghSports

    Exactly. McLendon is a very good player, and we’ve seen the stats to back that enough on here, so I won’t reiterate them. They wouldn’t use him in the 245 Nickel though, because his body type and skill was not effective in that scheme, and I think he’s similar to Billings in that respect. I would love to see a 335 Nickel scheme and see McLendon used more, but that’s probably not gonna happen, and McLendon will likely be resigned, and with him and McCullers(who really didn’t improve at all last year, so probably shouldn’t even use him to back my point, but…) there’s not much need for a player like Billings.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    Thanks Josh. If they don’t sign McClendon, they will be looking for a NT in this draft. I wouldn’t mind seeing a profile on Hassan Ridgeway, the NT from Texas. He’s not as good as Billings, but Billings should be gone by the time the Steelers draft in the first round.

  • harding36

    A couple of thoughts: (1) there is zero chance that Billings is available at 25; (2) if he is, the Steelers would be crazy not to take him. He is not a typical NT who has to come off the field on third down; I think he’s comparable to Aaron Donald. He could also allow McClendon to play some snaps at end (this isn’t to bash McClendon as a NT, but he’s shown the ability to play to DE and we need a better option than Cam Thomas).

  • harding36

    Have you noticed how much 4-3 we’ve been playing over the last couple of years? The idea that the Steelers are still a traditional 3-4 team needs to be killed. Tomlin has said 10 million time that guys need to be multiple, and Billings is.

  • James Cowan

    Is he a 3/4 or 4/3 guy?

  • ATL96STEELER

    IDK if 25 is too early…I know Butler spoke of more 4 DL fronts last year and when McCullers got hurt early, they seemed to abandon putting both DTs on the field at the same time unless it was short yardage.

    Whether they go 3.-4 base or not, a player like this allows them to go 4-2-5 more effectively…I would welcome.

  • PittsburghSports

    We haven’t played the 43 at all. They used a faux 43 in the preseason, and I can’t remember if it ever showed up in the reg season, but if it did, it was short lived. The Steelers play a 245 Nickel, 34 Base, and 452 Goal line defense. The Goal line defense used to be a 461, but Garvin was hurt and they replaced him with a Safety, and never went back. They have played a 425 Nickel in years past, and we saw a few plays in the 335 Nickel this year with one of the OLBs putting his hand on the ground lined up as a 5 tech.

  • PittsburghSports

    Only time Steelers used 4 defensive lineman fronts is with the Goal line defense. It was a 461 and switched to a 452.

  • PittsburghSports

    He’s a 0, 1, and 3 tech guy.

  • falconsaftey43

    In the 2-4-5 the DL play a 3-tech. Billings is a perfect fit for the 0 thru 3 technique. Now maybe the Steelers are stupid and only want 3 thru 5 tech guys that are base ends and nickle tackles, but a guy who is 0 thru 3 tech could be a base NT and nickle tackle as well. They could have done that more this year with McLendon, but chose not to for some reason, even though it was effective when used. Billings IS special and IS a scheme fit in the sense that he can do what the Steelers ask a base NT or nickle DT to do. Now whether or not the Steelers are open to that or not is another question, but he IS a player that should be an option in round 1 based on talent AND scheme fit.

  • falconsaftey43

    McLendon was effective as the 3 tech in the nickle, they just didn’t do it much. Billings would be even more effective in that role as he is a lot more explosive and more athletic than McLendon. Billings would work very well in this defense, it’s more of a question of if the Steelers would be willing to use him.

  • falconsaftey43

    He can play 0 through 3 technique so traditional NT in 3-4 or either DT spot in a 4-3.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Gotcha…and that’s what I saw as well, but I’m not one to get caught up in schemes much…I just hope we’re not still so grounded in schemes that we leave talent on the board.

  • Jonas

    I would draft the talent rather than the position.
    Dupree – Heyward -Billings – Tuitt would be a better third down option than Jarvis and the 245. Then rotate JJ, McLendon and maybe Walton/Chikillo/4th round pick Jihad Ward in for the rest of the snaps.

  • PittsburghSports

    You know who else plays the 0 through 3 tech well? McLendon. How often was he used? You say they didn’t “for some reason”. Well I just told you. I highly doubt the Steelers are stupid.

  • PittsburghSports

    How effective was he? You have some numbers to back that up?

  • LucasY59

    He could be the surprise BPA when the Steelers pick in the 1st, I think he would totally be worth it (if he is available) If he can push the pocket from the interior then it will help the edge rushers alot (if he is eating up a double team then the Blitz’s and one on one matchups for everyone else will also help get more sacks) I like that he would be able to play some sub package (a must IMO if using a 1st rd pick on a DL) and will be stout against the run keeping blockers off Shazier, I think he would be the perfect 3rd piece to a dominant Steelers DL.

    Jarran Reed is another guy that I am watching in a similar role, I think Billings has more upside though, with his superior athleticism and Strength, Reed is the more NFL ready of the two, but I also like Billings youth and with Coach Mitch I think he could be built into a great NFL DT

  • PittsburghSports

    He’s talented. No doubt, and I wouldn’t put it past the Steelers to draft him, if McLendon is some how not resigned, but I think there’s a good chance he is. I would put the chance Billings being drafted at 0% if he is resigned though.

    Regular season + Playoffs

    McLendon – 379 snaps 34.2%
    McCullers – 105 snaps 9.5%

    Why would you ever spend a 1st rd pick on a position that plays so little?

  • harding36

    Fine. My point was simply that we’ve rushed four, using the ends as interior lineman. And there’s no reason that Billings couldn’t stay on the field on third down in that system.

  • PittsburghSports

    And my point is that the Steelers have a very similar player as Billings already(McLendon) who’s proved his worth, and yet the Steelers would NOT use him in the Nickel. There’s a reason for that.

  • falconsaftey43

    So what’s the reason? You just said McLendo plays the 0 through 3 well, which I 100% agree with. Our DL in the nickle play the 3, so why don’t they use him in the nickle? He played well when he started in place of Tuiit for the CIN game, ending with a sack and 2 tackles.

  • harding36

    I agree that we haven’t used McClendon in that role. But I strongly disagree that McClendon and Billings are very similar players. IMO, McClendon not being used in that role has little to do with his position or how the Steelers use their NT’s. I think it’s because McClendon isn’t a great interior pass rusher. I think Billings will be.

  • falconsaftey43

    I watched the CIN game where he started for Tuitt and played a lot in the nickel and did well totaling 1 sack and 2 tackles.

  • PittsburghSports

    He doesn’t fit the template of a down lineman the Steelers are comfortable using in the Nickel. It’s an assumption, but it’s really the only thing you can assume, and I think the snap counts show that.

  • PittsburghSports

    And you’d think the Steelers would rotate him in after that week 8 game if he did so well, but it never amounted to much. Pretty sure that sack was a coverage sack where Dalton rolled out right into him too. Could be wrong. Look, all I’m going by is what I see every game from the Steelers, and looking at the snap counts. It’s hard to argue with history. Steelers are not comfortable using those guys in the Nickel.

  • falconsaftey43

    And that goes to my statement of him being a talent/scheme fit in the sense that he can do that tasks that the Steelers ask of their NT and nickle DT, but I mentioned they may not being willing to use him do to some reason (such as a height minimum) which I think is stupid. Just like some teams having height requirements for CBs or QBs or hand size requirements. Things like that should be used to look more into players with good measureables, not discount great tape because he’s two inches shorter than you normally see at the position.

    Can you honestly say there is one thing the Steelers ask their NT or nickle DT to do that Billings hasn’t shown a good to great ability to do on tape? I can’t think of any. Only reason I can come up with is he isn’t 6’5″, which would be a really stupid reason not to draft him.

  • PittsburghSports

    I mean maybe. I guess. Just reading the breakdown above makes him sound like a typical bull rushing NT. Had ok numbers in college. 8.5 career sacks in 35 games played.

  • falconsaftey43

    I agree with you that they are not comfortable using them, but I don’t think there is a compelling reason not to other than Heyward and Tuitt are impact players at their position, while McLendon is solid but not much of an impact player. Maybe it was like with Bell and Williams. Williams was a great backup, but Bell is better so when healthy, they went with Bell 99% of the time.

  • LucasY59

    He could play as one of the 2 DTs in the sub package also (giving Heyward and Tuitt a breather)

  • LucasY59

    I think with one of his negatives being inconsistent motor, that rotating in for the Sub package would keep him going 100% more consistently (having McCullers and Mclendon as guys that could rotate as well would also help)

  • PittsburghSports

    Well Steelers seem to like 6 ft 5-6 inch and 34-35 inch arms. Heyward and Tuitt are both of those. Clifton Geathers, and Caushaud Lyons are both those. LT Walton has the height, but his arms are a bit shorter. Cam Thomas is shorter, but has the long arms. McCullers is a monster lol. I’m not sure about McLendon though, but again he’s more NT than anything.

  • LucasY59

    I think with Heyward kinda asking for a rotation (to stay fresh) and the D letting teams back into a game with a 4th qtr lead (happened in both playoff games) the Steelers need to look at doing things a bit differently (I know that is expecting a lot from a organization that does not change how it does things very often, but with the fast paced offenses it needs to happen, and with the Steelers O changing from a ground and pound to one of the High Scoring machines, it is possible)

  • falconsaftey43

    And do you personally (leave what the Steelers do out of this for a minute) think that height should remove Billings from consideration of getting nickle snaps? Obviously he fits the model of NT, but he needs to be able to play in the nickle to have value as a 1st round pick.

  • LucasY59

    I think Reed could play both NT and DE, I think the traditional NT is changing a lot (look at the differences between Hampton and McLendon) and that the good ones are going to be useful in subpackages as well as the base 3-4 D (which isnt used much, forcing the NT to become more versatile to get snaps)

    I think Billings could play NT and then as one of the down lineman in the Nickel, either way Reed or Billings would play more than just the 1st two downs of a series (or else no DL is ever worth a 1st rd pick, kinda like the RB is no longer a 1st rd pick very often)

  • PittsburghSports

    I can’t leave out what the Steelers do, because that’s what I’m basing my opinion on, so YES, I think height and arm length are very important for the defense the Steelers are using. I also think you need a guy that’s just as good at stopping the run as he is rushing the passer. We only have 2 players on the team that can do that, and that’s why they were used so much. I don’t think Billings is that guy. I don’t think he’s a capable pass rusher out of a Nickel defense like ours, so no I wouldn’t pick him to play that position. I think he’s a NT and a DT in a 4-man front.

  • falconsaftey43

    Fair enough. We’ll just have to disagree. I think he’d be a monster pass rusher and run stopper as a DT in our nickle and NT in base. He can defeat double teams, beat blockers with speed or power. He’s shown me a very good interior pass rush in college, and I see no reason for that not to translate to the NFL.

  • LucasY59

    I think using Tuitt and Heyward as the 2 down lineman in the Nickel is less of a scheme fit than using a guy like Billings, but since both are such good DL they both are on the field in those situations, having a guy like Billings would allow them to be used in a more efficient way,

    Mclendon was the transition guy for this (but he is still not quick enough to play in the nickel much) Billings will probably run a sub 5 forty (which isnt the only reason he is good, but shows that he has the speed/quickness and power to be a player at the caliber of Heyward and Tuitt)

    Billings will be almost equal to them Athletically, will just have different measurements (wider not taller) but since they already have two of the premier 5 techs getting someone wiin a slightly different mold could be a good thing (especially when he is as explosive and powerful and he is)

  • LucasY59

    McLendon and Billings are not the same Athlete, Mclendon is even closer the the suposed 6’5″+ rule for DE’s (6’4″) but they dont use him as a DE and that is because as he bulked up to 325 to play NT (started in the league at sub 300) he slowed down, Billings is going to put up some crazy #s at the combine (for a 310#+ guy) that show he is at or above the line of Athlete as Heyward or Tuitt, so there is a very good chance that The Steelers could use him as more than just a traditional NT, and if they invest a 1st rd pick on him they will be using him as much as they can. the bigger ? will be if he is still available at pick 25 than if the Steelers want to pick him (so the argument/? has a very small chance of being answered by the team, since he will likely be gone already) but if he is still available there will have to be an even better player available for them to pass him up.

  • LucasY59

    I think those 3 are very similar and there is a good chance one of the 3 will be available when the Steelers pick. There will have to be a very talented player at a different position available for the Steelers to be willing to pass on Robinson, Reed or Billings

    The other good thing about all 3 is that they are big enough to play the NT, but also good enough Athletes that they can get snaps in the sub packages as well (so that they are worth taking in the 1st since they can play more than a minimal amount of snaps)

  • PittsburghSports

    From what I can find, McLendon measured in at 6013 at the combine and his pro day. I know the Steelers site says he’s 6ft 3in, but they often lie.

  • Michael James

    Right now these are my (wish) targets for the first two rounds (only players I watched tape):
    1) Andrew Billings, Noah Spence, Darian Thompson, DeForest Buckner
    2) Karl Joseph, William Jackson, Vernon Butler, Austin Johnson, Kenny Clark, Joshua Garnett, Cody Whitehair, Leonard Floyd

  • ATL96STEELER

    I agree 100%…I get the snap count thing too, in terms of value, but even if he’s a 2 down player making an impact on those two plays…@ 25…I’m okay with that…imo I like that better than getting the 4th CB off the board unless they fall in love with him.

    The way the board looks right now…it’s shaping up for a DL “big” to be available…now if Jaylon Smith or Noah Spence are sitting there…the choice gets a little harder.

  • LucasY59

    I thought McLendon was a bit Taller, but I still think that Billings is a far superior Athlete, and that measurable size and ability to play NT are the only similarities, Billings is more quick twitch overwhelming power than Steve

  • LucasY59

    Look at what the Ravens were able to do with a 2 down NT Brandon Williams, he pushes the pocket from the Interior and causes all kinds of trouble for the Pass Pro, commanding double teams, which gives favorable matchups to the other defensive players, and not allowing the QB to step up into the pocket to avoid the edge rushers

  • Ike Evans

    I just cant see it

  • ATL96STEELER

    Yep…and even more recent example…DEN…Sly Williams pushing the pocket…and pretty much nullified all interior runs by CAR…and Brady had no pocket to step up into the game before that.

  • jujudoublestuff

    He will be 21 Josh not 20. Billings is a monster and I’m all for him.

  • Nick Sabatella

    This is the guy I’m hoping the Steelers pick in the first round. Looks like a real special talent.

  • Nick Sabatella

    Well if you’re talking his height and weight, then look no further than Casey Hampton. But this guy has speed and athleticism, I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t make great use out of him, even in 2-4-5 Nickel sets when Cam or Tuitt need a breather.

  • Jonas

    So McLendon played 150 Nickel snaps and that wasnt enough to keep the starters fresh. A talented guy like Billings would warrant 300-400 quality nickel snaps with his quickness and penetration.
    Furthermore, I said talent over scheme, so I even would give him pass rush snaps over Jarvis. Dupree’s speed against RTs, Tuitts power against LTs and Heyward+Billings against the three IO-liner – it would justify a first round pick imo. I know it really doesn’t sound like Tomlin & Mitchell but it would fit Butlers D.

  • PittsburghSports

    You really have no idea what snaps Billings would warrant in our Nickel. You’re just projecting and assuming.

  • tequila0341

    Sadly the Seahawks will grab him. He’s a Red Bryant clone.

  • Steel PAul

    Gee-zus.. What a beast!

    He’s coming out as a two year player then? Probably no chance he’ll be around when the Steelers pick and they have little ammo to trade up.

  • Jonas

    Indeed.
    In my humble opinion he is one of the few special players of this draft class.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    They reportedly had interest in Aaron Donald a couple of years ago with the reasoning that he was good enough that they’d find a way to use him. The Steelers like em young and this guy is 19, which kinda blows me away. His faults are likely correctable with coaching and maturity. Having said all that I doubt it happens. He may even likely be gone before 25.

  • Xclewsive

    SMac is gone this might be the best option now! I like Billings I believe he can serve as a dual purpose DL.

  • Ellwood Davis

    If he just kept Shazier clean, it would be worth it. I believe the disruption he would cause would have a major impact on our defense.