Darryl Johnson, EDGE, North Carolina A&T
Darryl Johnson is trying to make it three straight years that a North Carolina A&T player is selected in the NFL Draft, following behind Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen and Indianapolis Colts linebacker and 2018 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Darius Leonard. Johnson declares for the NFL Draft after his Junior season in hopes of becoming a big time pass rusher.
Johnson put together a great career at NC A&T like both of his former teammates, earning first-team FCS All-American honors and being named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year award. In 2018, he tallied 10.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss in 2018 for NC A&T, setting up shop in the backfields of opposing teams all season long.
The Bucs could add the 6’6 and 252 pound edge rusher in Johnson to end the draft and give them another body along their defensive line that could potentially rotate in or develop behind the likes of Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett. Addressing the pass rush is going to be a big key for Arians and Bowles to zero in on this offseason, and adding Johnson at the end of the draft could be a splash way to end the event for the Buccaneers.