Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan
(percentile rank among all WRs at the Combine since 1999, courtesy of mockdraftable.com):
40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds (71st)
Vertical: 36” (57th)
Broad: 124” (75th)
20-yard shuttle: DNP
Darboh deserves a ton of credit for accomplishing what he has.
Born in Sierre Leone, his parents were murdered during the country’s civil war. Darboh escaped with his siblings and eventually made his way to Iowa when he was 7. He developed there into a 4-star WR recruit and received offers from Notre Dame, Florida, Wisconsin and Nebraska, among others.
Darboh opted for Michigan, where he played mostly on special teams as a freshman. His 2013 campaign was erased by an August foot injury that required surgery.
Healthy for the start of the 2014 season, Darboh emerged as a key cog in Michigan’s passing game. He ranked 2nd on the team in catches, yards and TDs — behind only eventual 2nd-rounder Devin Funchess.
Funchess’ departure opened up a bigger role for Darboh in 2015. He led the squad in catches, although WR Jehu Chesson tallied more yards (764) and TDs (9).
Darboh emerged as the clear lead dog this past year, pacing the Wolverines in catches, yards and TDs. His numbers don’t jump off the page, but note that Michigan ranked just 77th in passing yards and 67th in TDs. Darboh accounted for 25% of the team’s receptions, 31.3% of the receiving yards and 35% of the TDs. Those numbers best the senior-year market shares of guys like Mike Williams and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com
Games watched - Utah (2015), Northwestern (2015), Ohio St.
Darboh boasts some of the better footwork off the line of scrimmage among this year’s WR class. That, plus good-enough route running, allows him to create separation on short and intermediate routes.
On this TD, Darboh sets up Ohio St. CB Marshon Lattimore (a likely top-10 pick this spring) with an outside release before breaking inside.
Darboh is a big-framed WR who's willing and able to make plays in traffic.
After the catch, he doesn’t display much make-you-miss or tackle-breaking ability. But he possesses just enough speed to outrun defenders’ angles.
Darboh’s biggest issue is drops. He committed 5 of them on 23 catchable targets in the 3 games I watched — an ugly 21.7% drop rate. Pro Football Focus charted him with a more acceptable 9.2% drop rate across his thirteen 2016 outings.
Darboh is a body-catcher, though, and tends to struggle when forced to make grabs with his hands away from his frame. These aren’t great throws, but they’re plays you’d like your receiver to make.
Darboh has the size/speed combination to get drafted this spring. But he posted mediocre college numbers and doesn’t flash on tape. Considering his advanced age, it’s tough to bank on a significant leap in his game.
He’s no more than a late-round flier in your dynasty rookie draft.