Scouting Report | Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

02/12/2019
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Vitals
  • Position: Cornerback
  • Year: 5-Senior
  • Age: Turned 23 on Feb. 9
  • Height: 6016 
  • Weight: 204 pounds
  • Wing Span: 75 5/8 inches
  • Arm Length: 32 inches
  • Hand Width: 8 5/8 inches
  • *Measurements from Senior Bowl
High School Background
  • Gaither High School (Tampa, Florida)
  • Team MVP senior year 
  • Blocked four kicks in senior season
  • Rated as a 3-star safety recruit
  • Top 100 recruit in Florida (Rivals & 247Sports)
 
College Background
  • Graduated in December of 2017 with a telecommunications degree. 
  • Graduated in December of 2018 with a broadcast journalism (second degree).
  • Redshirted first season in 2014 
  • Second Team All-Big Ten in 2017 (junior season)
  • First Team All-Big Ten in 2018 (senior season)
  • Co-Defensive MVP in 2018 (Shareef Miller)
  • Represented Penn State at 2018 Big Ten Media Days
  • Reese’s Senior Bowl participant 
  • Semifinalist for Jim Thorpe Award (nation’s best defensive back)
 Experience
  • 2014: Redshirt
  • 2015: 13 games
  • 2016: 11 games
  • 2017: 11 games
  • 2018: 13 games (13 starts)
Production 
*Penn State Athletics

Injury History
  • No major injuries to note
 Strengths 
  • Long frame with physical traits to battle contests at the line of scrimmage and at the catch point.
  • Plays with exceptional instincts and trusts his technique to react to the ball/receiver.
  • Instinctive playing style. Reads play development well and reacts with appreciated anticipation.
  • Disciplined player with a grasp for many offensive schemes/formations. Not fazed by any potential overwhelming formations. 
  • Though not a twitchy athlete, has top-notch body control.
  • Doesn’t mind getting dirty in the trenches or shedding and stacking blocks on the perimeter. 
  • Not first round lower-body fluidity but has foot quickness to supplement lack of overall quickness.
  • Displays excellent spatial awareness to locate the football and anticipate play development.
  • Calm and smooth back pedal. Can quickly plant and explode to the ball carrier. 
  • Physicality at the catch point. Provides the length to be a disruptor and the demeanor to breakup all passes. Thirty career passes defended.
  • Shows mirroring skills in press coverage. Does a fine job of staying controlled when initial movements are made at the line of scrimmage. Not habitually a puncher/jammer but when showing, executes well.
  • Controlled lower-body movements provide the ability to click and close with ease. Has the acceleration to allow a deceptive cushion to act as a QB baiter in coverage. 
  • Long strider with adequate recovering ability. 
 Weaknesses 
  • Doesn’t possess oily hips which shows in short area quickness situations, mostly when matched in man coverage.
  • Because of lower-body quickness deficiencies, will see a common theme of getting beat inside.
  • Despite being able to turn his head and locate the football, his overall ability to turn and run is average.
  • Inconsistent tackler…shows some signs of physicality at the tackle point but is habitually an ankle biter and continually takes poor angles. 
  • Shows comfort on the outside but could face trouble when having to flip hips and run vertically. 
 
Overall 

Switching from safety to a full-time cornerback in his collegiate career, Oruwariye smoothly transitioned earning All-Big Ten honors in his junior and senior seasons. The senior cornerback displays near impeccable awareness and football intelligence. He diagnoses quickly with enough athleticism to allow him to react to the play in the way he wants. His controlled movements pave way for his mirroring ability despite not showcasing above average athleticism skills. With attractive length and build, Oruwariye meets the threshold of the typical man boundary cornerback. His press scheme needs to be polished but he still shows the nuances and technique of the method to not be a liability. 

Oruwariye shows the physicality and demeanor to contest at the catch point and filter through blocks but the same trait doesn’t necessarily apply when tackling. The 6-foot-1 cornerback prospect struggles to consistently wrap up the tackler and take proper angles. He will show glimpses of showing safety-like tackling ability but can be perceived as a flash in the pan. 

A reliable defensive back, Oruwariye shows a certain comfort when in coverage. He trusts his technique to play the ball and receiver with adequate transition skills to keep his matchup in front of him. He doesn’t display first round change of direction skills lacking the short area quickness and overall explosiveness to be mentioned in that tier. Despite his shortcomings in that regard, his length and technique can supplement for his lack of lower-half quickness. 

Oruwariye’s ball skills, intelligence, scheme versatility, technique and mirroring skills write the description of a borderline first round prospect. His reliability in coverage will interest many decision makers along with his overall stature. Despite needing some help in man coverage over the top, Oruwariye’s overall reliability and clean background make for a justifiable top 50 selection. 

 

Christian Page is a scout and writer for Cover1.net. His scouting experience dates back to 2015. Christian has a background of radio along with collegiate athletic department experience and corporate marketing.

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