Chris Varughese

The Bears Brawl Writer, Jr. Editor and Draft Expert

The Bears’ secondary has some pretty good pieces on the outside in veteran Prince Amukamara and Pro Bowler Kyle Fuller.  Even so, Prince Amukamara is approaching age 30 and has some injury issues. Kevin Tolliver is a great, young, developmental cornerback behind Amukamara and Bears’ fans should be excited to see what he can bring to the table in his sophomore campaign. However, even with Tolliver’s potential, it is always a good idea to bring in a young cornerback through the draft to compete for a backup or even a starting spot. Amani Oruwariye has the length desired for an outside corner in today’s NFL at 6’2, 205 lbs. Although he started the college season as a first round projection, he has steadily fallen with the cornerback class. However, if he is available in the third round, he would be a great addition to the Bears’ secondary.


Oruwariye is one of the smoothest zone defenders in the draft. He has a great break on the ball with great eyes for the position, shown by his 11 passes defensed with an interception. He is also very physical at the top of the route and in run support, with 39 solo tackles on the year. With 17 reps on the bench press, he has good strength and that will be especially vital for him to succeed due to his lack of short area quickness. He did, however, run a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash, indicating that he does have long speed. When watching his film, the speed is clear during his downhill tackling during run support, or when he breaks from his zone in the secondary. In man coverage he does a great job of sticking to his receiver, if he is able to land his first jab. He is also one of the smarter defensive backs in the draft, with quick play recognition.

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Man coverage is something Oruwariye has been fairly inconsistent at, especially his last year at Penn State. His footwork is inconsistent in both press and soft coverage. He combination of heavy feet and lack of fluidity causes him to get burnt off the line if he can’t get a hand on them. He can also improve on his tackling technique to reduce missed tackles when coming down hill. As mentioned before, Oruwariye lacks short area quickness. He relies on the initial contact with the receiver, whether it comes at the line of scrimmage or the top of the route, to disrupt the route. If he misses the initial jab he struggles to recover and tends to get beat.

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Amani Oruwariye is a cornerback who is strong, physical cornerback who excels at zone coverage and can improve on his man coverage. He has a high chance to disrupt the play if he is able to see it develop in front of him, and has excellent vision and play recognition. His physicality and athleticism are some things that will pop out on tape. However, due to his inconsistencies in man coverage, he can fall in the draft. If he is there in the third round, the Bears could add a tough, physical presence on the outside. If he can work on being more consistent with smaller details, especially in man coverage, he can prove to be a big steal.


Here are some videos of Amani Oruwariye going against Iowa and Appalachian State:


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