DT Andrew Billings, Baylor
Of all of the names on this list, Andrew Billings is my favorite for the Packers. Green Bay has been in need of upgrades along the defensive line for sometime now, and B.J. Raji’s ‘hiatus’ paired with Mike Pennel’s four-game suspension has only further increased the urgency.
There’s a deep pool of talent at defensive tackle in this draft, but there aren’t many nose tackles as impressive as the Baylor product. Billings has elite power and strength, but he backs it up with surprising quickness for a man his size. He has the look of a true nose tackle and would give the Packers a destructive force up front against both the run and pass.
The Packers already have a star on the defensive line in Mike Daniels. Now add in another potential All-Pro in Billings, and two thirds of the line is loaded with talent. Winning in the trenches is crucial to the success of a football team, and plugging in a player who can dominate up front alongside Daniels would benefit the entire defense.
If Billings falls to No. 27 — and based on the depth at this position in the draft it’s quite possible — it would be hard for Thompson to pass him up.
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