NAME: Amani Oruwariye
SCHOOL: Penn State
CLASS: RS Senior
JERSEY: No. 21
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 204 lbs
Feet – Illustrates balanced, patient and fluid footwork although they aren’t the most springy. Plays under control and rarely commits false steps. Mostly transitions and changes directions cleanly. Showcases exceptional balance which stems from his foundation.
Man Coverage – Offers tremendous size, strength and length to matchup with bigger, more physical targets. Does well to be disruptive in the contact window to ruin the timing of routes. Willing to be aggressive and crowd the receiver’s frame and challenge them throughout the route. Naturally reads and mirrors patterns while rarely guessing.
Tackling – Is a capable tackler but shows moments of timidity while making some business decisions. Contact power is only average and he will concede yards after contact. Tackling form is inconsistent and more should be expected for a player of his stature. Drops his head and nips at ankles too much.
IQ/Awareness – Does an excellent job of trusting his technique and landmarks in coverage. Superb zone coverage corner that sharply reads the backfield and works into throwing lanes. Spacing is generally sound. Anticipates route breaks and combinations at a high level. Does well to find the football and knows when to come off his man to play the ball. Very intelligent and a technique-driven player.
Physicality – Plays up to his stature in coverage. Does well to be aggressive and crowd the receiver while making it difficult for his opponents to get leverage on him at the catch point. Uses his length to stack and shed blocks. Will disappoint on occasion as a tackler where modest hitting power becomes evident. Has redirect power in his hands to challenge at the release in press coverage.
Ball Skills – Excels at finding the football and positioning himself to make plays on the ball both playing forward and over this shoulder. Knows how to play through the hands of the receiver and aggressively competes at the catch point. Processing, length and quickness are assets to him and are used effectively when playing the ball.
Press Technique – Area of strength. Does well to remain balanced while using his length and play strength to be disruptive in the contact window. Stays square and crowds the receivers frame very effectively. Has excellent strength in his hands to stun and redirect his man at the release. Is able to extend and create a strong initial jolt.
Flexibility – Fluidity is good relative to his size. Occasionally loses leverage in his back pedal and reveals some tightness in transitions but it’s rarely limiting. Carries good speed through his turns and illustrates outstanding body control.
Versatility – Scheme-versatile player that excels in zone and press coverage. More than capable in man coverage against bigger receivers. Modest run defender and his game would go to the next level if he became more assertive as a tackler.
BEST TRAIT – Awareness
WORST TRAIT – Tackling
RED FLAGS – None
Oruwariye’s size, length, strength and ball skills make him an ideal fit as an outside zone/press corner. Complementing his impressive stature is a trust for his technique and outstanding processing skills. Oruwariye has the traits needed to matchup with “X” receivers in man coverage, making him a scheme-versatile defender. Oruwariye has the upside to start early in his career on the boundary and emerge as a productive playmaker with his ability to make game-changing plays on the football.
Man Cover Skills –Like his presence in the contact window. Shows patience with his feet and doesn’t bail or chase in press. His transitions are predicated around feeling route releases so he doesn’t drift off his man but once open to the field shows good instinct and mobility.
Zone Cover Skills –Is one to look for routes to jump but had only a handful of lapses in coverage. His spacing is best when he’s leveraged over top of the routes and able to shade and then attack. His peripheral vision is strong to feel a route extending and his need to suck back in.
Feet/Change of Direction –Doesn’t have the fastest of backpedals but does show good cadence and balance to stay over the top of routes before flipping. His transitional quickness is hindered by long stride length. Lacking in efforts to spring quickly and challenge short game.
Ball Skills –Hand-eye coordination is really good. One area he did struggle was on vs. targets from the trail to flip back and consistently stay in stride and locate the football at the same time. Needs to be attentive to pin those routes and protect himself. High area of influence at catch point.
Flexibility –Body control is pretty tremendous for a player of his stature. Shouldn’t be able to contort his body in space the way that he does, especially at the catch point and when attacking the football. His hips are fluid and allow for flipping open and minimizing foot speed limitations.
Acceleration –Has suddenness when he’s driving off of a collected base. Doesn’t necessarily show great collection or bucket step to spring out of backpedal but his actual acceleration once aligned to target is strong. Has good straight line speed to carry vertically.
Zone Spacing –Length and wingspan compliment his mobility well. Like his extension skills and ability to squeeze throwing windows, has done well to split differences in zone and stay ready to challenge either way. Can play deep third, cover-2 or hook/curl with ample effectiveness.
Competitive Toughness –Terrific effort player. Love how hard he works to squeeze down vs. the run, has played vs. closed sets and collapsed or set the edge. Functional strength is strong and his explosive hitting power has created some tone setting hits.
Run Support –Very good. Like his length to stack blockers and can easily discard a receiver on the edge. Is quick to process, shows good eye discipline in zone to attack forward and beat blockers to a spot. He’s a strong asset vs. the run and shows pretty good head up tackling skills.
Tackling –Large tackle radius. Like the aggression he brings in specific circumstances but also the patience as an edge run defender to wait and allow play to develop so that team pursuit can rally to the football. Has explosiveness in his coil and form tackles.
BEST TRAIT – Zone Spacing
WORST TRAIT – Feet/COD
BEST FILM – Iowa (2018)
WORST FILM – Ohio State (2018)
RED FLAGS – None
Amani Oruwariye is a starting cornerback at the NFL level. His scheme fit could range from press man coverage to Cover-3. Oruwariye doesn’t show great click and close ability, so off-man isn’t the most desirable role. But Oruwaryie shows great traits in his backpedal and when able to get his hands on receivers does well to re-route their release. Also effective in run support, Oruwariye has ample qualities that should prove to be an asset for almost any team in the NFL.