Amani Oruwariye
No. 46 – Detroit Lions
Personal information
Born: (1996-02-09) February 9, 1996 (age 24)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Tampa (FL) Gaither
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 5 / Pick: 146
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2019–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
* First team All-Big Ten (2018)
  • Second-team All-Big Ten (2017)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Amani Horatio Oruwariye (born February 9, 1996) is an American football cornerback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Penn State.

Early yearsEdit

Oruwariye lettered for three years at Gaither High School in Tampa, Florida. As a senior, he was voted team MVP and invited to the Hillsborough County All-Star Game.[1] He was ranked a three star recruit by all four major recruiting services, and 247Sports and Rivals rated him a top 100 prospect in the state of Florida. Oruwariye committed to Vanderbilt University early in his senior year before decommitting and following Head Coach James Franklin to Penn State.[2]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Amani Oruwariye
[[Tampa, FL]] Tampa (FL) Gaither 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 180 lb (82 kg) Jan 30,
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 73
Overall recruiting rankings:
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

College career Edit

Oruwariye redshirted his true freshman season at Penn State, then appeared in mostly special teams action during his redshirt freshman year.

In 2016, Oruwariye saw more time en route to Penn State's first Big Ten Championship Game victory. He logged his first interception against Kent State, which he proceeded to return for a touchdown.[3] He finished the season with 23 total tackles.[4][5]

Oruwariye burst onto the national scene in 2017 due to his personal-best four interceptions, good for fourth in the Big Ten.[6][4][7] He earned recognition from both coaches and the media, who elected him second all-B1G.[8] He appeared in all but one game as Penn State clinched its first Fiesta Bowl victory since 1997.

Oruwariye carried his junior year momentum into his redshirt senior year, starting in each of Penn State's 12 games, picking off three passes, and tallying a career highs in tackles, pass defenses, and forced fumbles.[5] His excellence was recognized by coaches, media, AP, and ESPN, all of whom named him to their All-B1G teams.[9] He received an invite to the Reese's Senior Bowl amidst discussions that he could potentially be a first round pick.[10][11]

Professional careerEdit

Oruwariye was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[12]


  1. "‘Tampa Teaches You How to Be Cool Around Greatness’: Local Ties in the 2019 Senior Bowl" (in en-US).
  3. "Amani Oruwariye gets a pick-six for Penn State" (in en-US). 2016-09-03.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Amani Oruwariye - Football" (in en).
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Amani Oruwariye College Stats" (in en).
  8. "View the 2017 All-Big Ten Football Defensive Teams" (in en).
  12. Birkett, Dave (April 27, 2019). "Detroit Lions take Amani Oruwariye in Round 5 of 2019 NFL draft". Retrieved April 27, 2019.

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