Washington Redskins- DT Andrew Billings (Baylor)
The Redskins lost starting nose tackle Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton to the Patriots during free agency. Washington ranked 26th in the league against the run last season allowing 122 yards per contest. Kendall Reyes was signed from the Chargers to replace former starter Jason Hatcher who is currently a free agent. Jay Gruden is coming off his first NFC East crown in one of the weaker division titles in recent memory. Nonetheless the Skins got hot down the stretch and got into the playoffs. In order to sustain success moving forward the Washington defense needs to continue to improve especially along the front. Billings is a powerful young man coming out of Baylor where he was named co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 for the Big 12. He recently turned 21 years old, but his strength already far exceeds his age. He is viewed as a playmaking nose tackle which is rare for both college and the NFL. Billings led the Baylor Bears in tackles for loss and also racked up 5.5 sacks in 2015. Defenses that play a 3-4 need their nose tackle to command a double team which Billings should be able to do with his size and power. He’s still very raw as a pass rusher mainly relying on his sheer power to overwhelm blockers as opposed to technique. Billings actually switched from offensive to defensive line during college so in general he’s still very new to the nose tackle position. Washington has a glaring hole along the defensive line and Billings would help to sure up that concern.