Name: Amara Darboh
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.
- 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.