With the 122nd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals ended Andrew Billings somewhat inexplicable fall and got themselves what could be the steal of the draft. After Corey Coleman in the first and Xavien Howard in the second, Billings is the third Baylor player taken this year.
More and more folks took to Twitter as the second and third rounds rolled on last night express their shock and surprise that Billings hadn't been drafted, given Billings' status as Co-Defensive Player of the Year, his freakish strength and general dominance overall. Then there was the fact that a KICKER went in the second round, and Billings didn't.
Never thought in a million years Andrew Billings could make a mistake by coming out early. The draft remains impossible to predict.— David Ubben (@davidubben) April 30, 2016
This might be the guy I'm most surprised is still available. Billings was at times unblockable. https://t.co/yD0yU9oPeG— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) April 30, 2016
That's just the teensiest taste of the general reaction on Twitter. After awhile, phantom knee issues started surfacing, and those were debunked. Finally, the Bengals saw reason today and decided to swipe up Billings while they could, earning them instant plaudits from the Twitterverse:
Andrew Billings generated 75 total pressures over past 2 seasons, tied for the 8th-most for interior defenders in the NFL Draft— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 30, 2016
I'd gladly take a dominant two-down player. Can't believe the Bengals swiped Billings in the 120s.— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) April 30, 2016
Bengals just got a steal in Andrew Billings. Guy is a powerhouse. No way there were 121 guys better than him. Or even half that many.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 30, 2016
Congrats, Andrew, and congrats Cincinnati!