Card: Sage 2017 Gold (112/250)
Acquired: 2017, Hobby Box Breaker
Tim Williams played at Alabama where he was a beast. With unrivaled speed around the edge and an impressive first step, he started in both 2015 and 2016, posting impressive attack lines: 11.5 TFL and 9.5 sacks (2015), and 16 TFL and 9 sacks (2016). The knock on Williams is that he played in a rotation and where he was relatively unproven as a zone or pass defender. Tim has however demonstrated that he is an excellent edge rusher, especially in a 3-4 alignment.
Tim was selected with the 14th pick of the 3rd round by the Ravens in the 2017 draft. A great value here for the Ravens, as Williams will be relied on early to come in and contribute as a situational pass rusher in their 3-4 defense.
Card: Sage 2017 Peak Performance
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker
Amara Darboh was selected in the 3rd round of the 2017 draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He really didn’t catch the eye of scouts until his final year at Michigan even though he was putting up reputable numbers by his Sophomore campaign. Darboh caught 58 passes for 727 yards and 5 TDs in 2015- his Junior year. In 2016, Amara had 57 receptions for 862 yards and 7 TDs. His NFL Draft profile compared him to Mohamed Sanu. Darboh’s got a good NFL build and the speed, but needs to work on separating himself from receivers at the line of scrimmage.
Amara life is a unique story. His family fled war torn Sierra Leone and came to the states when he was just a kid. In 2015, he was made an American citizen.
You can clearly see that Sage is upping their game here with this nice glossy shot and action shot of Amara Darboh, and it’s a welcome change to the market. My only complaint is that the silver and black tend to disappear on the background a bit which contributes to a bit of eyestrain. For the longest time I looked at Darboh’s card and thought it said ‘Darbon’.
Card: Sage 2017
Acquired: 2017, Box Breaker
Solomon Thomas played for the Stanford Cardinal and is considered a blue chip prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft. A two year starter at strongside defensive end, he recorded 98 total tackles, 24.5 tackles for losses, 12 sacks, and 4 fumble recoveries. Well conditioned, teams raved about his sideline to sideline impact, and likened him to Justin Smith. The feeling is that the sky is the limit for Solomon as he grows into his full potential in the pros. It was expected that Thomas would not make it out of the top 10 in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The draft opened as expected, but the Bears traded up with the 49ers one slot to grab Mitch Trubisky in a stunner move, and handing SF a few picks in the process. It is unknown if the ‘9ers coveted Trubisky at all, but they quickly then turned around with the 3rd overall pick and selected Thomas where it is expected that Solomon will contribute early in his career with the team.