Amani Oruwariye

Penn State
CB

Prospect Info

College
Penn State
Hometown
Class
Tampa, FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
205 lbs
31 3/8”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.67
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Detroit
Lions
Round 5 ‧ Pick 8
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40 Yard Dash
4.47u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
17
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
120.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.82
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.16
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Oruwariye (pronounced OH-rue-war-ee-AY) began to show his potential as a lockdown corner his junior season in 2017, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors despite not starting in 11 games played. He intercepted four passes and broke up eight others as a reserve, making 28 tackles. Oruwariye was a starter in 2018, earning first-team all-conference nod by leading the Nittany Lions with 12 pass breakups and tying for the team lead with three interceptions, to go along with 51 tackles (two for loss) in 13 starts. He was a reserve as a freshman (five tackles, one PBU in 13 games) and sophomore, as well, though his playing time was more significant in 2016 (23 tackles, one INT, one PBU).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 3
NFL Comparison
Rasul Douglas
Overview
He can be an effective press-man defender, but must win at the line of scrimmage or he could become an early target for quarterbacks as he lacks makeup speed once he's beaten. Oruwariye is a proven disruptor at the catch point and is willing to step up and take on run support duties. When all factors are considered, he'll be considered a scheme fit for zone-heavy teams who covet physicality in press.
Strengths
  • Big cornerback with above-average length
  • Wins the eyeball test at weigh-ins
  • Can beat receivers up when he gets early hands on them
  • Good recognition and reaction in zone coverage
  • Impressive finding and playing football from trail
  • Good recognition of double moves
  • Physical traits restrict catch space outside numbers
  • Outstanding on-ball production over last two seasons including seven interceptions
  • Smart paths to the throw allow length to play the ball
  • Physical and assertive when attacking catch-point
  • Allows house odds when elevating to compete for 50/50s
  • Willing to get into the mix and handle duties as run supporter
Weaknesses
  • Only a full-time starter in senior season
  • Needs additional technique work and needs to trust it
  • Lacks fluid hips and feet to mirror routes from a pedal
  • Can be a step slow to plant and drive out of a pedal
  • Slow to accelerate from change of direction
  • Scheme dependent
  • Crossing routes can get away from him
  • Long speed and recovery burst are issues
  • Forced to sit on high side of routes in off-man due to speed deficiency
Sources Tell Us

"Our national scout is high on him because of his size and length. We don't care as much about speed numbers as long as you can play the big receivers and make plays on the ball, but he has to hit our minimum speed numbers at the Combine." -- Pro personnel director with NFC team

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league