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NFL Veteran Comparison: Keenan Allen
Amara Darboh was not a household name going into the NFL draft. The Sierra Leone native was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round (106th overall) out of Michigan. Darboh was largely used as a possession receiver at Michigan, hauling in screen passes and quick slants, but he is also an underrated deep-ball receiver. Since he arrived in Seattle, he has impressed the coaching staff tremendously, and whispers of Darboh overtaking Jermaine Kearse on the depth chart for the Z receiver opposite Doug Baldwin. Here’s why Darboh could be a productive receiver in Seattle:
- Darboh is a yards after catch (YAC) machine; he was able to turn many of the short passes he caught at Michigan for long gains for 15.1 average yards per catch and seven touchdowns in his final collegiate season.
- Darboh struggled with hauling in even slightly inaccurate passes at Michigan, but Russell Wilson is one of the most accurate passers in the league, so Darboh will get a lot of receptions and a boost to his confidence at the next level. Wilson’s touch will also enable him to connect with Darboh on deep routes.
- Darboh may also be the most sizable receiver on Seattle. He measures up at 6’2″ 222 lbs, while his counterparts Doug Baldwin (5’10” 192 lbs), Tyler Lockett (5’10” 182 lbs), Jermaine Kearse (6’1″ 209 lbs), and Paul Richardson (6’0″, 183 lbs) are all shorter and lighter than him. Darboh could end up being a go-to target for Wilson due to his size.
Darboh is a nice combination of size and speed (4.45 40 yard dash) for Seattle. The largest downside for Darboh is that the Seattle passing attack is often distributed between 5 or 6 receivers, including Jimmy Graham. However, Darboh could end up going for 700 receiving yards and around 5+ touchdowns for this season because of the impression that he has already made on the Seattle coaching staff. Keenan Allen is Darboh’s veteran comparison because of his size and knack for receptions, although Allen is slightly slower (4.56 40). Currently, Darboh is not on many draft boards, and it is unknown if it will stay that way. If that continues, he would be a savvy late round flier or after-draft pickup who could end up being a nice bye-week replacement or trade piece for negotiations with receiver-needy teams.