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PFF scouting report: Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan

Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh (82) rushes in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against UNLV in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. Michigan won 28-7. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Name: Amara Darboh

School: Michigan

Position fit: X receiver

Stats to know: 2016 target profile: go routes 17 percent, posts 15, slants 14, outs 12. Lined up wide on 94 percent of snaps in 2016.

What he does best:

  • Well-rounded route tree, effective on underneath (screen, slant), intermediate (in/out) and deep routes (go, post).
  • Build-up speed allows him to separate on deeper-breaking routes.
  • Made a lot of contested catches against tight coverage.
  • Ranked ninth of all NCAA wide receivers in blocking grade in 2016.
  • Will make take big hits over the middle of the field to make tough catches.
  • Solidly built receiver with the ability to break tackles with power – 17 broken tackles on 117 catches in 2015 and 2016 seasons.
  • Consistently finds open space against zone coverage.

Biggest concern:

  • Average hands – finished in the middle of the pack in drop rate in both 2015 and 2016.
  • Takes time to get going, not as shifty as a route-runner in the short game.
  • Inconsistent catching passes that are slightly inaccurate.
  • Not spectacular after the catch.

Player comparison: Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals

Like LaFell, there’s no one area in which Darboh excels, but he can be a productive complementary receiver, particularly in a vertical passing attack that gives him a chance to make plays down the field.

Bottom line: Darboh is a well-built, possession receiver with experience running the full route tree in a pro-style offense. He finished the 2016 season as one of the highest-graded run-blocking wide receivers in the country, which should allow him to earn immediate playing time on special teams at the NFL level. Darboh has the ability to develop into a starting outside receiver, but his lack of elite athleticism limits his upside.

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