Showing a change of heart, Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings is entering the 2016 NFL Draft pool, it was announced today. Billings had previously been on record saying he was returning for the 2016 season, but that was back in August before Baylor played a single game in 2015.
“The last week or so I have been trying to carefully and thoughtfully make a very difficult decision as it relates to my future as a college athlete,” a statement from Billings said, via 1660 ESPN Central Texas. “After considerable thought, discussions, and praying with my family and coaches, I have decided to declare my intention to enter the 2016 NFL draft. My football career at Baylor will end this year but I plan to continue my course work as a part-time student until I finish my degree.”
Josh Norris of Rotoworld made note of Billings’ ability to be a beast on the inside of the defensive line. Billings was among the leaders in the Big 12 with 14.0 tackles for loss in 12 games this past season. Billings recorded 39 tackles and 5.5 sacks and forced a fumble as well as he helped plug the middle of the line for Baylor. The Waco native earned All-Big 12 honors
Billings joins Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman and cornerback Xavien Howard as early entrants to the 2016 NFL Draft.