Players typically become ex-teammates after college once they are picked in the NFL draft. But ex-Michigan players are sticking together this weekend.
The Seattle Seahawks drafted former Michigan WR Amara Darboh with the No. 106 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Friday night in Philadelphia. Seattle had selected Michigan S Delano Hill earlier in the round with the No. 95 pick.
Darboh has the potential to become one of the best “value” picks in this draft. He’s not flashy but he’s earned solid grades from scouts for his ability to win 1-on-1 battles at the line of scrimmage, his willingness and productivity as a blocker, and overall consistency. He caught 151 passes for 2,062 yards and 14 touchdowns in his four seasons at Michigan, including 57 receptions for 862 yards and 7 touchdowns last season as a senior.
The 6-foot-2, 214-pound Darboh also has a backstory that’s a testament to his character and work ethic. He was born in Sierra Leone but left the country as a child refugee along with a sister, brothers and his mother from the war-torn West African nation. Darboh eventually settled in Iowa, where he went to high school and earned a scholarship from Michigan. He became an American citizen in 2015.
Darboh caught at least one pass in each of his final 33 games for the Wolverines, the fourth-longest streak in program history. He had receptions of 30 yards or more in 8 of Michigan’s first 9 games last season, and caught 13 passes for 104 yards and 1 touchdown in the last 2 games of his career, at Ohio State and against Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
The Dallas Cowboys also drafted a pair of Wolverines this weekend. They took Taco Charlton in the first round Thursday night and Jourdan Lewis in the third round Friday.