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Report: Colts like Andrew Billings "a lot" in NFL Draft

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According to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, the Indianapolis Colts like Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings "a lot" as their potential first round pick.

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The NFL Scouting Combine always proves to give us a better idea of what teams may be interested in with the NFL Draft approaching, and Bleacher Report's Matt Miller included several such interesting notes in his post-Combine notebook.

One of those notes pertained to the Indianapolis Colts, as Miller wrote that the Colts like Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings "a lot."

It's a big offseason for the Indianapolis Colts, and I heard from a team source that they like Baylor nose tackle Andrew Billings a lot in Round 1.

Billings is without a doubt one of the top defensive linemen in this year's draft class and is expected to go in the first round.  He had a very successful three-year career at Baylor, where he played in 36 games and recorded 106 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and 15 quarterback hurries.  He was named first-team All-Big 12 in both 2014 and 2015 and in 2015 was named first-team All-American, as well as the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and semifinalist for the Bednarik Award (best defensive player in college football).  NFL.com's Lance Zierlein likes Billings a lot, as he wrote that Billings "has a chance to become something we rarely see ­-- a playmaking nose tackle with the ability to dominate at the point of attack," adding that "he has all-­pro potential."

The Colts have been searching for a nose tackle for Chuck Pagano's 3-4 system and, while David Parry did solid last year as a rookie, Billings would take the position to another level while allowing Parry to fill a rotational role.  As we know so well during draft season, just because a team is reportedly interested in a player doesn't mean that the team will take said player, but it makes perfect sense for the Colts to like Andrew Billings a lot as a potential first round pick.