Penn State cornerback Amani Oruwariye has heard his name called in Nashville.
Oruwariye had to wait a little longer than expected, but he was selected with the 146th pick in the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon by the Detroit Lions. He was the second Penn State player chosen on Day 3 and the fourth overall.
Defensive end Shareef Miller was selected in the late fourth round.
Oruwariye received high grades from NFL scouts because of his aggressive play and ability to locate the football in the air. The fifth round seems low for the former Nittany Lion and could be a steal for the Lions.
In his last season with Penn State, Oruwariye was all over the field. He broke up 12 passes and recorded three interceptions while also making 51 tackles. His assertiveness and good frame allows him to compete for playing time early in his career.
Oruwariye ended his career with eight interceptions and was a key member of Penn State’s defense for the last three seasons. Now, he’ll kickstart is NFL career in Detroit.