RENTON – Don’t underestimate the importance of Seattle’s fourth and final third-round pick.
The selection of Michigan wide receiver Amara Darboh was a big one.
More specifically, a big wide receiver. He’s 6 feet 2, which will make him stand out among a group of Seattle pass catchers known for speed more than their size as Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett are all shorter than 6 feet tall.
Sure, the Seahawks have a 6-7 tight end in Jimmy Graham, but Darboh is going to provide another sizeable target for Russell Wilson – and at 215 pounds, Darboh isn’t a plodder, either. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds at the scouting combine.
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As a senior at Michigan, he caught 57 passes for 862 yards and seven touchdowns. He started 28 games in his Michigan career and caught a pass in 33 consecutive games, which was the fourth-longest streak in school history.
It was a pretty stunning conclusion for a pretty remarkable journey. Darboh was born in Sierra Leone, coming to America at the age of 7, fleeing a war in which his parents were murdered. One of 13 children, he went to Iowa where he attended high school. He became an American citizen in September 2015 as his junior season at Michigan began. Darboh said he initially tried to become a citizen while in high school, but wasn’t able to complete the process.