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Buffalo Bills select defensive end Darryl Johnson with first of two seventh-round picks

The long, rangy edge figures to battle for a rotational spot along the defensive line

With the 225th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected North Carolina A&T defensive end Darryl Johnson.

Johnson, 22, fits the size profile that the Bills covet at the defensive end position. At 6’6” and 253 lbs, he has a long frame that helps him set the edge against the run and the pass. With a 103-inch wingspan and a 4.7-second forty-yard dash time, according to the Aggies’ website, Johnson is a physical specimen who has the chance to be a deep sleeper in this draft.

Johnson played in 31 games during his college career. His best year was the 2018 season, where he totaled 32 tackles and eight sacks. For his career, Johnson made 96 tackles and had 16.5 sacks.

Johnson joins a pass-rush group that includes veterans Jerry Hughes, Trent Murphy, Shaq Lawson, and Eddie Yarbrough. Hughes and Lawson are not signed past this season, although the team does have a decision to make regarding Lawson’s fifth-year option on his rookie contract.


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