By most accounts, LSU cornerback Greedy Williams will be the first at his position taken in April’s draft. After that, perhaps Clemson’s Trayvon Mullen or Georgia’s Deandre Baker goes in Round 1.
One name, who is on the fringes between Rounds 1 and 2, is Penn State corner Amani Oruwariye.
Oruwariye, at 6-foot-1 and 203 pounds, has an ideal body type for a boundary cornerback. And his seven interceptions the past two years suggests he’s something of a ballhawk, too — someone a team like the 49ers could desperately use after none of their cornerbacks recorded an interception last season.
Despite the on-field abilities, Oruwariye remains a far less-heralded prospect than some of the other names mentioned.
This could easily change, however, when defensive backs take the field for NFL Scouting Combine workouts on March 4. One should pay particularly close attention to Oruwariye’s speed, both his long and vertical jumps, shuttle drills and cone drills to see if the sheer physical abilities help his stock rise.
If he performs well at the combine in these areas, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him be the second cornerback taken on draft day.