Round 7, Pick 225: Darryl Johnson
With their second-last pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected defensive end Darryl Johnson out of North Carolina A&T.
During his time as an Aggie, the Kingsland, Ga., native appeared in 24 games, recording 66 total tackles and 8.5 sacks. In his junior season, Johnson earned a first-team All-MEAC honor.
With the Bills, Johnson sat behind starting defensive ends in Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy who both recorded over four sacks on the season. He concluded the 2019 season with 10 tackles on the season with no fault of recording higher numbers other than the fact that the defensive end position was one that the Bills were not keen on finding replacements for.
Hughes has been with the team since 2013 and has since signed a two-year contract keeping him with Buffalo until the end of the 2021 season. Following that, Hughes is to become a free agent and if he does not re-sign with the Bills. For Murphy, he is under contract until the end of the upcoming 2020 season.
Given that, Johnson could see an increased workload if GM Brandon Beane does not address that position in the offseason.
The way it stands now, the Bills aren’t too sure of what they have in Johnson as he has not been given the playing time to show if he can truly compete for a starting or backup job.