Darryl Johnson

North Carolina A&T
EDGE

Prospect Info

College
North Carolina A&T
Hometown
Class
Kingsland, GA
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 6"
253 lbs
33 7/8”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

4.92
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
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2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Buffalo
Bills
Round 7 ‧ Pick 11
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Johnson is trying to make it three straight years that an A&T player is selected in the NFL draft (RB Tarik Cohen in 2017, OT Brandon Parker in 2018). He was ultra-productive during his time in North Carolina, earning first-team FCS All-American honors and the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year award after racking up 50 tackles and finishing among the FCS leaders with 19 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in 12 games (11 starts). Johnson was a first-team All-MEAC selection in 2017, starting 12 games and posting 40 tackles, 15.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. The Georgia native played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2016, recording 26 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and two sacks.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
High-cut, long-limbed edge rusher whose production in his final year does not appear to be translatable to the next level without much more work. Johnson is a Groundhog Day pass-rusher who shows tackles the exact same rush patch and tactics snap after snap. He needs to diversify his rush, get his hands involved earlier and add more muscle on his frame to improve his pro chances. His lack of lower-body flexibility might be tough to overcome, but he does have intriguing length and a frame that should get bigger with time.
Strengths
  • Long-limbed frame set to take on more muscle
  • Massive wingspan
  • Known as a voracious worker in the off-season
  • Durable, high energy performer
  • Tackle-for-loss production has been strong throughout
  • Takes aggressive inside shots that find penetration
  • Has experience standing and with hand in the ground
  • Uses shoulder dip and upper-body turn to sneak around tackles
  • Adequate closing burst to quarterback
  • Has some man- and zone-coverage background on his tape
  • Good lateral foot quickness on swims inside
Weaknesses
  • Plays with tightness in lower body
  • Minimum knee bend and flexibility at the top of his rush
  • Can be pushed upright and off-track by average punch
  • Pass rush is always the same and lacks go-to counter
  • High-cut and lacks play strength in his base
  • Below-average contact balance
  • Needs to use his length and hands more effectively
  • Manhandled by strength when setting edge
  • Performed against lower level of competition

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league