2019 NFL Draft Prospect Report: Amani Oruwariye
Name: Amani Oruwariye
School: Penn State
Listed Height: 6’2
Listed Weight: 205
Strengths: Oruwariye is a long and versatile corner who uses his length in a variety of ways to stall production from the pass catcher. In his pedal, he is able to lower his center of gravity and cover ground with his strides. He does a good job staying square in his lateral slide in the early stages of the route, which causes the WR to redirect. Plays balanced and patient vs the release. He uses his length well to jam receivers at the line and uses his extension to close down throwing windows. When tracing routes down the field, he can shift he head back and locate the throw. Oruwariye has exceptional ball skills, as he can identify throw direction and “box out” the WR so he can angle himself on the ball. He processes the QBs movements suddenly from off coverage and “clicks and closes” on the window by driving off his back foot and exploding to the catch point. Displays reactionary quickness in zone, while his understanding of spacings is very apparent. In run support, he can step down and help finish on the run. He can wrap as a tackler.
Weaknesses: Oruwariye lacks finish power as a tackler and can fail to get a productive grip. On run downs, he is easily cut by climbing blockers and can be late to disengage. He aggressively undercuts passes, giving up run after catch space. Because of his length and tightness, he can be a touch slow in his transitions. Can peek into the backfield, lose ground in coverage, and compensate by grabbing. Can have some instances where he is slow to decelerate and get his foot in the dirt, giving clean ground to break off of a route or complete a pass.
Overview and Insights: Oruwariye is a cerebral corner who has experience in both man and zone coverage. He has the coverage ability, processing, and ball skills to be a productive corner in the league and can be a day one fit in a zone scheme.
Round Projection: Second
Ideal Fits: Redskins, Panthers, Steelers
Pro Comparison: Prince Amukamara
Scout: Taylor Moser