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Four of the 17 small schoolers drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft played in the HBCU

The Buffalo Bills drafted HBCU standout Darryl Johnson from North Carolina A&T who dominated the MEAC conference by storm.

The HBCU or (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) have tons of players in the NFL, and let’s face it back in the day it was a pipeline to the NFL. Those statistics began to slow down over the past years, but this year in 2019, the HBCU football teams represented heavily in the NFL Draft.

The 2019 NFL Draft had 17 small schoolers drafted but four of those 17 were from HBCU schools. That is super impressive!

The first small schooler taken in the 2019 NFL Draft hailed from none other than Alabama State. Tytus Howard was the first small schooler drafted and he was not the last. Howard became the first player in school history to be drafted in the first round after going 23rd overall to the Houston Texans. The HBCU had three more players drafted before the end of the third day.

North Carolina A&T defensive end Darryl Johnson was selected by the Buffalo Bills. Johnson was the 225th overall pick. He was a junior that left early after dominating the MEAC and winning the Defensive Player of the Year Award in his conference.

Quinton Bell was the next HBCU player to be drafted. He was the first player drafted from Prairie View A&M since 1980. A 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, Bell had 46 total and 14 solo tackles. He also had 10.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He was a kid that tore up his pro day running a 4.38 forty at 220 pounds.

Morgan State offensive lineman Joshua Miles was the fourth and final HBCU player chosen by the Arizona Cardinals. Miles, a 6-foot-5, 314-pounder, was the 248th overall selection. He was the first player drafted from Morgan State since 2003.

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