Many reliable mock drafts linked the Seattle Seahawks to a University of Michigan wideout with roots in Africa, but while Jehu Chesson remains on the board at the end of the third round Friday night, Seattle opted with the fourth of its third round bounty to select the Wolverines’ Amara Darboh (originally from the ravaged country of Sierra Leone).
As SB Nation’s Christian D’Andrea points out, Darboh is a versatile talent, almost more along the lines of the Seahawks’ C.J. Prosise than a traditional wide receiver like Chesson, with the ability to make plays both downfield and from the line of scrimmage: “He’s also a solid runner who is able to turn simple receiver screens into big gains downfield — though he struggles to break free from more accomplished tacklers.”
Don’t be surprised to see Darrell Bevell use Darboh in a combination of ways both deep and beyond the line sort of like he tried to use Percy Harvin.
Darboh’s teammate at Michigan, Delano Hill, who was chosen earlier in the third round by Seattle, comes from a certified football factory. No, I don’t mean the school in Ann Arbor, which has produced in additino to Darboh and Hill also Frank Clark and (indirectly) Thomas Rawls in recent years. I’m talking about Detroit’s Cass Tech, which also generated Dallas Cowboys’ second round pick Jourdain Lewis in the 2017 draft, not to mention former NFLers Vernon Gholston, Joe Barksdale and Will Campbell in recent years. Lewis and Hill helped Cass Tech win back to back Michigan Division-I high school state championships in 2011 and 2012.