Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
It’s true that the 2019 cornerback class leaves a lot to be desired, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some starters out there for the Browns to try and pick up with the 49th pick. One popular name is Justin Layne, who has been mocked to Cleveland several times over.
Still, another name to watch is Amani Oruwariye out of Penn State. Much like Layne, Oruwariye has the length that defensive coordinator Steve Wilks covets. Listed at 6-foot-2 and 208-pounds, he excels in man coverage and is an asset against the run. The question always seemed to be whether or not he had the speed necessary to keep up with NFL receivers.
"“Our national scout is high on him because of his size and length. We don’t care as much about speed numbers as long as you can play the big receivers and make plays on the ball, but he has to hit our minimum speed numbers at the Combine.” — Unnamed pro personnel director with NFC team via NFL.com"
At the Scouting Combine, Oruwariye put up a respectable 4.47 in the 40-yard dash which should be enough to silence some of his doubters. He still won’t be out-running the deep threats but that’s more than enough to hold his own. Selecting Oruwariye would bulk up the Cleveland secondary as he could immediately start opposite Denzel Ward.