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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Darryl Johnson Jr., DE, North Carolina A&T

Darryl Johnson Jr. the pass rusher from North Carolina A&T is one of most athletic and freakish players I have ever scouted. (Photo courtesy of Kevin L. Dorsey Photography)

•      Name: Darryl Johnson Jr. 
        •       Height: 6”6
        •       Weight: 248
        •       Position: DE / OLB
        •       College: North Carolina A&T
        •       Twitter: @4zerobam

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it? 

  • I am from Camden County Ga. A small town close to the Georgia Florida line. I love most that it is family oriented and big on football.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?  

•Film Study because in my opinion mental preparation is vital to the game. Strength and Conditioning would be my next choice. I was a two time lifter of the year and one time conditioning of the year,  because I worked so hard I think that played a big part of me being effective on the field. Practice is where I perfect my craft and we come together as unit.

What do you worry about, and why? •

  • I am a man of faith so I try not worry.   

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

• I guess I would have to say the time I failed an important test and was allowed a second chance at passing it. I didn’t think I would be able to retake it but I did and it all worked out.  

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• They are always talking about my work ethics.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

• I would have to say practicing against my teammate Brandon Parker, who now plays for the Raiders helped me out a lot and also prepared me for opponents, like Joshua Miles from Morgan state and Garrett McGhin from ECU, those guys are good players…

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?

  • I would mostly likely be doing something that involved sports or atheletes. 

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first? 

  • Room, desk then car…

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

  • My mom, I have unconditional love when comes to her.    

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

  • Will Smith, he seems to be an accomplished actor that continues to do big things in the movie industry.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it? 

  • When I was in my senior year and had no football offers,  I kept praying and working and then I received a call from A&T and I have been going non-stop ever since. 

What is your most embarrassing moment? 

• My high school freshman year in private school when I had to cut all of my hair off.      

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career? 

• When I forced the strip sack fumble in the last 17 seconds of the A&T vs Jacksonville State

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Testimony by Quando Rondo
     

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?

• Football is a physical sport and it’s important to love what you do. I think my love for the game, determination, length and athletic ability is important and will help in being successful at the next level.

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

• My Granddad who passed before I was born. I was told I got my height from him and we looked a lot alike.     

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?

I would name it after one of my nicknames (Bambinos) 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

• Danielle Hunter

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• Respected, because you should always treat people the way you want to be treated and respect goes a long way.    

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why? 

• I think Ray Rice could have been a great NFL player, but life is about choices.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• Don’t like to lose.

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why? 

• My dad has always expressed good work ethics and good decision making equals good results and that will always stick with me.

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NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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