WR Amara Darboh, Michigan

6’2” – 214 lbs. – 4.45

Was a reserve in his true freshman season, then redshirted the following year after injuring his foot. Spent some time in the starting lineup in 2014 and was a starter in each of the two subsequent seasons as well. Big, thickly-built wide receiver who lined up at split end for the Wolverines, playing on both sides of the formation; will also slide inside from time to time. Arms measured over 32.5” at the Combine. Tough receiver with good footwork at the line of scrimmage to release versus press coverage. Not a burner but has enough speed to challenge defenders down the field, running patterns to all three levels of the field. Has some explosiveness out of his breaks, but route tree itself is fairly simplistic, revolving primarily around slants, in-routes, posts, and go routes. Also asked to run some drag patterns and is targeted on the occasional back-shoulder throw or screen. Doesn’t get a ton of separation against man; most of his production at this point comes in catches made in traffic or against the soft spots in zone coverage. Double-moves look a little bit deliberate and probably won’t be able to create too much separation with them against pro cornerbacks. Unafraid to work the middle of the field; feasts on the ability to run slants against off coverage and use his big frame to shield defenders from the ball. Has the toughness and concentration to absorb hits from defenders and hold onto the football. Some ability to make adjustments to poorly-thrown passes. Physical runner with the ball in his hands; doesn’t waste much time getting upfield and can slip through arm tackles and lower his shoulder into contact to punish defensive backs at the end of runs. Not a completely natural hands-catcher; has the length to bring in passes away from his frame and plucks the ball on tape, but hand-eye coordination can look awkward and double-catches too many passes or attempts to trap them against his body. Good level of aggressiveness and effort as a blocker; whether he’s pulling defenders away from the play or blocking. Works to sustain blocks through the whistle, with active feet and the frame to be effective in that capacity. Offers teams a big target who can work the middle of the field, shield defenders from the ball, bring in contested catches, and block; looks a little bit unnatural when it comes to actually catching passes, but could nevertheless develop into a starter if he diversifies his routes a little bit. May have earned a spot on the second day after running better than anticipated at the Combine.

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