Billings brings high buzz for a fourth-round draft choice, but must wait until 2017 to prove himself ... Was sidelined for 2016 by knee injury (meniscus tear) suffered in preseason opener ... Dubbed as “College Football’s Strongest Player’ by NFL.com, Billings rated among analysts as a potential steal for Bengals, widely touted as best prospect in nation not selected until Day 3 of NFL Draft ... Mainstay for a program that went 32-7 during his three seasons, he was an Associated Press first-team All-American in 2015 ... Also Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and conference Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fourth round of 2016 NFL Draft (122nd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-25-16.
2016 recap: Suffered season-ending knee injury (meniscus tear) in practice on Aug. 10; placed on Reserve/Injured list on Aug. 30.
College: Played three seasons (2013-15) at Baylor, playing 36 games, and 25 of his 27 starts came over his last two seasons ... Did not play a position conducive to high tackling numbers, but 30 of his career 106 stops were for losses. 2015—Started 12 of 13 games, missing one due to injury, for 10-3 club that ended season with victory over North Carolina in Russell Athletic Bowl ... Fifteen of his 40 tackles were for losses, and he had career-best 5.5 sacks ... Unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selection. 2014—Started all 13 games for 11-2 team that won Big 12 championship ... Consensus first-team all-conference in his first year as a starter ... Of his 37 tackles, 11.5 were for losses ... Season-high eight tackles, with a seven-yard sack and a fumble recovery, vs. West Virginia. 2013—Made debut as a true freshman for 11-2 team, playing in 11 games (two starts) ... Six tackles in his first start, a victory over Texas that clinched Big 12 championship and secured Baylor’s first BCS bowl berth ... Career-best 10 tackles in Fiesta Bowl vs. Central Florida.
Personal: Hometown is Waco, Texas ... Communications major at Baylor ... Father played college baseball and mother ran college track ... Attended Waco (Texas) High School, where he earned Class 4A all-state honors as a senior ... Coaches credited with 266 “pancake” hits on opposing players over his final two seasons ... Following his senior season, was ranked the No. 12 defensive line prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport explains why former Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, a later round than projected.