Promising Prospects: CB Amani Oruwariye

By: Logan Leslie

The Steelers undoubtedly have a number one corner in Joe Haden but the problem lies opposite him. The Artie Burns era is likely going to come to an end soon he seemed to have lost all confidence in himself this past season and although Coty Sensabaugh played well down the stretch he is not a long term fix. Enter in PSU cornerback Amani Oruwariye.

He is what the Steelers need on defense, a physical corner who is a ball hawk. He 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 and has redirect power in his hands to challenge at the release in press coverage. He excels at finding the football and positioning himself to make plays on the ball both playing forward and over this shoulder. Oruwariye 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.

A scout recently gave his take on Oruwariye:

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.”

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