Bills close Draft with pair of unheralded 7th round choices


The Buffalo Bills entered the 7th round of 2019 NFL draft with two picks opted to make both selections instead of packaging them in a potential trade. With the 225th choice, GM Brandon Beane selected North Carolina A&T defensive end Darryl Johnson. Three spots later, with the 228th pick, he selected Boston College tight end Tommy Sweeney.

Johnson is a productive small school pass rusher, finishing his collegiate career with 66 tackles (22 for loss) and 8.5 sacks in 24 games. He earned the MEAC defensive player of the year award in 2018, the same won by Indianapolis Colts All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard in 2017. The former Aggie is a nice bet in the 7th round at a position of need.

Sweeney possesses good size for the tight end position, works well as an in-line blocker, can find spots against zone coverage in the short and intermediate areas of the field, and is praised as a natural “hands-catcher”. I’d say he’s the opposite of 3rd round pick Dawson Knox — despite lacking athleticism, the former Eagle has the production on the field to prove his capabilities as a football player. He finished his collegiate career with 99 receptions for 1281 yards and 10 TDs in 38 games. Tight end is another position that is wide open, and Sweeney will get his shot in training camp.

This pair of selections closed out the Bills’ participation in the 2019 NFL draft. The team finished it adding eight new players to their roster, strengthening it with some really interesting prospects. 2019 looks more and more promising for Bills Mafia.