Player: CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
Pick: Round 5, 146th overall
Ht/Wt: 6-2, 205
Workout results: Combine time of 4.47 in the 40; 17 reps in the bench; 36.5-inch vertical jump and 10 feet in the standing broad jump.
Bio: A four-year player from Tampa, with a 2014 red-shirt season, he played 48 games and started all 13 in 2018, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors. Collected eight career interceptions, with four in 2017 and three in 2018. Set his career high with 51 tackles in 2018, two for losses. Netted his first interception in 2016 and returned it for a touchdown. In 2018 he was working on a second degree in journalism.
Analyst take – Daniel Jeremiah on NFL Network: “He has outstanding ball skills, and production.”
View photos of corner back Amani Oruwariye.
Mike O’Hara’s take: His size adds another big cornerback to the secondary. That should be an asset, with tackling required. It might take some time to develop him, but the skill set is there. One thing in his favor: Lem Barney, one of the Lions’ all-time greats and a Hall of Fame cornerback, announced him as the Lions’ pick. A great way to start a career.
Tim Twentyman’s take: When teams are drafting players in Day 3 of the draft they are looking for physical traits and scheme fits. In Oruwariye, the Lions seem to have gotten both. He’s 6-foot-2, 207 pounds with sub-4.5 speed (4.47). He also played a lot of press-man coverage in college. He has all the physical tools. If he develops the rest, he could potentially be able to throw his hat into the mix for the starting outside role opposite Darius Slay.
Secondary position depth chart: Returning starters are Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay and safety Quandre Diggs. Also back are Tracy Walker, Jamal Agnew, Mike Ford, Teez Tabor and Dee Virgin.
Offseason additions: Justin Coleman and Andrew Adams have been signed as free agents.