DJ will be just fine. He learned from the best DL coach in Broadway on gap assignment and technique, which he will have to use to win his one-on-ones anyway. He was never a bull rusher. He won with speed off the line and technique to rush the passer. All NFL teams are looking for these type of edge rushers. His size is good enough to succeed.
Post by Bornthrilla on Jan 17, 2019 11:09:54 GMT -5
A&T football star Darryl Johnson declares for early entry in NFL draft
By Jeff Mills email@example.com Jan 15, 2019
GREENSBORO — It looks like N.C. A&T's football program has lost its best defensive player a year ahead of schedule.
Darryl Johnson, a redshirt junior defensive end, has announced on social media that he has decided to enter the NFL draft.
“I would like to thank (N.C. A&T) for all the great memories,” Johnson posted on his @4zerobam Instagram account on Sunday. “… As I venture out to my new journey in the NFL, I want to acknowledge and pause and say thank you God for the talent and blessings you have given to me.”
The announcement caught A&T’s coaching staff and administration off guard.
“It’s not something we had anticipated,” A&T athletics director Earl Hilton said, “but it’s not completely unexpected, either, given the opportunities that are available to players as gifted as him.”
It’s unclear whether Johnson has hired an agent. Attempts to reach the player were unsuccessful.
If he has not, then he could still return to A&T for his final year of eligibility under NCAA bylaw exception 188.8.131.52.4. The rule allows football players to enter the NFL draft one time during their college careers without losing eligibility if they are not selected. It provides a 72-hour grace period after the NFL draft in which undrafted players who have not hired agents can declare their intentions to return to school.
If Johnson has signed with an agent, however, his amateur status is lost and he cannot return.