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Brown DL Andrew Billings has opted out of the 2020 NFL season.
Billings was a fourth-round pick in 2016 and had spent his career with the Bengals thus far. He had signed a one-year deal with the Browns over the offseason.
The Dayton Daily News suggests watching Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Andrew Billings during the team's first preseason game Thursday against the Chicago Bears.
Billings, a run stuffer, is a starter who could be given extra playing time, according to the article. The defensive tackle missed his 2016 rookie season with a knee injury and lingering injury concerns led to sub-par play in 2017. Billings is an extremely late IDP flier in deeper leagues.
Teams love to draft a player that projects as an instant starter, and Billings fits that description. He is very strong, 31 reps on the bench press at the Combine, and has tremendous skills such as excellent closing speed and the ability to dominate at the point of attack.
Billings will be a great playmaker in whatever scheme he plays in. A definite IDP star in the making. Will be drafted early.
NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein has Billings a top-10 ranked prospect for the upcoming draft. Zierlein says, "With elite power and unusual closing speed for a big man, Billings has a chance to become something we rarely see Â-- a playmaking nose tackle with the ability to dominate at the point of attack." Billings only possible drawback is his age, he turns 21 in March, and teams are set to find out if he has the maturity to succeed in the NFL in the near term. Billings stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 310 and was an All-American and Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the year while playing at Baylor.
If Billings gets through the vetting process successfully and gets drafted in the right scheme he would be a major boost for the front seven of the team that drafts him.