Round 2: Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
Amani Oruwariye is everything you could ask for in a second-round cornerback.
He has a solid stat line. He’s extremely athletic. He can recognize routes well. Overall, Oruwariye is a great prospect. Yet, he’s held back into the second round because he’s consistently struggled with some things throughout his career. For example, he hasn’t always been the most consistent tackler, he’ll get beat by some receivers, and he hasn’t always been able to use his speed as an advantage.
Yet, this combination of good and bad make him a good prospect for the Packers in the second round. He has the right foundation in place, and his strong performance at the combine grandstands his athletic abilities.
Sure, he might not be as polished of a prospect as some of the other cornerbacks, but he’s a reliable player that the Packers can work with. For the potential he has, he should be in the conversation if he’s still on the board in the second round.
And, as a plus, picking Oruwariye at pick 44 would grant the Packers a lot of breathing room when it comes to their two first-round picks. He might be a riskier choice right now, but training alongside players like Jaire Alexander should put him on the right track.