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Baylor DT Billings goes to Bengals with 4th round pick

Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) hurries Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (18) during the 2015 Cotton Bowl.
Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) hurries Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook (18) during the 2015 Cotton Bowl. AP

An extended wait to hear his name selected in the 2016 NFL Draft ended Saturday with pick No. 122 for former Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings.

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Billings, an All-America performer, with a fourth-round pick. Projected as a possible first-round pick at one point, Billings heard the names of 15 other defensive tackles selected before his name surfaced Saturday.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. said Billings’ stock had dropped recently because NFL executives projected him as a run-stopper with limited pass rushing skills despite his obvious strength and speed for his size. Billings was an elite powerlifter in high school.

“He doesn’t move that well laterally. He’s not an elite pass rusher,” Kiper said during Saturday’s telecast. “That’s what this league is all about.”

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