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25 Days of Draftmas: Amani Oruwariye

25 Days of Draftmas concludes with a Penn State cornerback who may still be there for the Chiefs.

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A very Merry Draftmas to you! It’s the FINAL day of 25 Days of Draftmas on Arrowhead Pride, where we’ve be given you a Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect every day in April leading up to the NFL Draft.

This was supposed to be a video about the Chiefs trading up for Clelin Ferrell, but Frank Clark altered those plans. Instead, let’s roll with a defensive back from the Big Ten.

Amani Oruwariye, cornerback

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6’2” | 205 lbs | Penn State

Draft grade: second round

Draft range: second round

40 time: 4.47

NFL Combine: 36.5” vertical, 120” broad, 4.16 20yd, 6.82 3-cone, 17 bench reps

2018 Stats: 12 PBU, 3 INT, 51 tackles

Background: Three-star recruit. Second-team All-Big Ten in 2017 despite only playing as a reserve. First-team All-Big Ten in 2018. Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist in 2018 for the nation’s top defensive back.

Strengths: Oruwariye is a lengthy cornerback that has the proper body mass and speed to play in any scheme. He has a nose for the football and locates it well in flight to attack at the catch point. He has very high football IQ and great understanding of route distribution when playing in zone. He is a constant threat to jump a route from zone coverage due to proper discipline and route awareness. He rarely “guesses” at the route or where the ball will go, instead relying on proper instincts to put himself in the right position.

Weaknesses: While Oruwariye is comfortable in zone coverage, his footwork and turns suffer when asked to backpedal in man coverage. From press, he struggles to mirror the receiver’s footwork and his punch is very inconsistent. He tends to get too high in his shuffle and makes it very difficult to change direction quickly, particularly on in-breaking routes. NFL teams asked him to work on press coverage during the week of the Senior Bowl and he showed minimal improvement.

How he fits with the Chiefs: Oruwariye is the type of player that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo might pound the table for. His fantastic ball skills, length and speed are all key traits that Brett Veach and Spagnuolo have stated they are seeking out this offseason. Coupled with a very high football IQ and ability to fit seamlessly into pattern-matching zone coverages, Oruwariye makes an awful lot of sense for a Chiefs secondary in need of some more quality players. Should the Chiefs be able to develop his man coverage ability, Oruwariye could be a top-flight corner at the next level.

What would it be like to be a Chief: “They’re a great team, they got a great offense. I could be a guy that could step up and bring a spark to the defense.”

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