From Gaither High School, you can almost see the lights and hear the roar of the crowd at Bucs games if you look down Dale Mabry Highway nine miles south towards Raymond James Stadium.

A former Gaither Cowboy turned Penn State Nittany Lion, wouldn’t mind ending up playing for his hometown team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa native Amani Oruwariye is in Mobile, Ala. this week, hoping not only to impress the contingent of Bucs scouts, but all of the 31 other NFL teams in attendance. Still, to play cornerback in Tampa would be special.

“Yeah, being from Tampa I’ve always watched the Buccaneers growing up,” Oruwariye said. “I watched them when Jon Gruden was with the Buccaneers, watched all the years. I feel like that would be a pretty big dream come true to play for my hometown team, represent my home, but I’d be happy wherever I end up, but that would be pretty cool.”

Oruwariye wasn’t a full-time starter in the stat book until his senior season, but said that was a little misleading.

“I didn’t start on paper until my senior year, but my redshirt junior year I played a significant amount of snaps to the point where I was a starter, basically,” Oruwariye said. “My coach kind of spotted it as I was one of the starters. Grant [Haley] played a lot of nickel and I was that next man at corner, so I don’t really see it as a bad thing at all, I think I’ve played enough snaps in meaningful games and made a lot of plays to where it wouldn’t affect me.”

Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye

Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye – Photo by: Getty Images

Oruwariye had a productive career in Happy Valley, playing in 38 games during his four seasons, notching 106 tackles, eight interceptions and one forced fumble. After recording a pick-six as a sophomore against Kent State, Oruwariye notched seven pass breakups and four interceptions as a junior before posting 11 pass breakups, three interceptions and a forced fumble in his final season at Penn State.

Oruwariye has desirable size at 6-foot-2, 204 pounds with 32-inch arms. With a good showing at the Senior Bowl, he could improve his stock from that of a second-rounder to potentially becoming a first-rounder.

Some cornerbacks prefer man coverage while some prefer zone, Oruwariye said he is fine playing either. He just wants to find a job in the NFL.

“We played everything, so I made sure to try to perfect my craft in all forms of the defense,” Oruwariye said. “I feel like I can play zone, I feel like I’m intelligent enough to read routes throughout the zone, to be disciplined. And then I feel like I can match-up with any of the guys in man coverage.”

With veteran cornerback Brent Grimes not expected back in Tampa Bay in 2019, the Bucs most likely will select another cornerback at some point in the draft. Could it be Oruwariye?

When asked if he had an interview with Tampa Bay scouts in Mobile, Oruwariye smiled, unable to hide his poker face.

“Yeah, I met with them.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Bucsfan1983
2 years ago

I would love to get him in round two, if CB isn’t the Bucs first round pick.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see him climb into the bottom of round 1, but he is not a top 5, 10 or even 15 pick.

Andy Ely
2 years ago

If we took Jonah in the 1st, Amani in the 2nd, Austin Bryant in the 3rd, Beau Benschwazel in the 4th, Darrin Hall in the 5th, and another d lineman in the 6th I think that would be a pretty good draft

macabee
2 years ago

Bucs Mock Draft – V1 Did this over the weekend waiting for the first PR 6 round mock draft. Couldn’t resist preview after Mark Cook article. Pretty sure this will change after the Combine. Rip it apart fellas! Lol. Draft Strategy – Trade Down I will look to trade down in this scrum of teams trying to get the best QB. There is no team before the Bucs that need a QB and to trade up before the Bucs will cost a premium. After QB Kyler Murray Joined Dwayne Haskins, Will Grier, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones in the draft,… Read more »

Andy Ely
Reply to  macabee
2 years ago

Udoh will get drafted, and really Greg Little at 7? that is a reach

macabee
Reply to  Andy Ely
2 years ago

Udoh may get drafted but right now he’s not even ranked. his performance in the Shrine game got him an invite to the Senior Bowl and has performed well. As for as Greg Little is concerned he is rated only below OT Jonah Williams who I assumed at 7 would be gone. And there are some scouts who thinks he will be an interior lineman in the NFL because of his size at 301lbs. As for as Little being a reach at 7, like my way to early mock, that is simply your opinion.

http://draftscout.com/ratings/players.php?genpos=OT&draftyear=2019&sortorder=tsxpos&order=ASC

Ktown
Reply to  macabee
2 years ago

Trade down twice and still getting the ot would be amazing.

BigSombrero
Reply to  macabee
2 years ago

I don’t know enough about the college players this year to have much of an opinion about your choices, but positionally, I like it.

Ktown
Reply to  Andy Ely
2 years ago

Mac – I like the mock draft but might move the og pick to the second 2nd round pick.

macabee
Reply to  Ktown
2 years ago

Ktown, I thought about that but found myself with a small dilemma because I had to get a top CB and I needed a solid DT to have leverage with DT McCoy. There were other good OGs available like OG Beau Benschawel/Wisconsin. Michael Deiter is a swing OT that came out as an OG. PR liked his versatility and he has good tape. Click on the link above and you can see how NFLDraftScout (Matt Miller) rated Draftees. Now keep in mind that you know I’m making this sp!t up, right? lol. Any choice you make is just as likely… Read more »

EastEndBoy
Reply to  macabee
2 years ago

Always appreciate the efforts @macabee… I’m not sure Little is the OT I’d take – maybe – but nonetheless an upgrade from what we have, so you get my approval. Amani – good pick if he’s there….much better than our 2 2nd round CBs from last draft. After that though – two DLinemen from Miami? Not sure – Miami (including the DLine) was very underwhelming this year. I would prefer – if we had all of those choices – to trade back up and grab a much better OG like the kid from BC. If we came out of this… Read more »

macabee
Reply to  EastEndBoy
2 years ago

Just an idea of what you get when you start this exercise – Most sites have Jonah Williams rated highest, but many aren’t sure he will be a LT. Some saying he may fall to the 2nd round. I don’t believe that, but he may not go as high as many think. Walterfootball believes Jamaal Taylor/UF will be the 1st OT off the board. The consensus is still Jonah if you take him at 5. I tried to get the next highest rated OT and get extra picks. Chris Lindstrom/BC is the OG you refer to. I like him, but… Read more »

German Buc
Reply to  macabee
2 years ago

I’m in favor of a trade down – but I fear the Jags won’t be the team. I see them hiring the Philly backup who performed quite well in this year’s and even better in last year’s playoffs.

macabee
Reply to  German Buc
2 years ago

I saw that. There was a trade for QB Foles for RB Fournette. The Jags are underwater in cap space (in the red). They are desperate to unload high dollar players whose contracts are coming due, ie, Jalen Ramsey. It’s possible, but it’s a hypothetical which is the definition for all mock drafts.

Buc76
2 years ago

No way pick a corner with that pick. Draft a left tackle. Move Donovan Smith to right side. The line needs to abe addressed first

Andy Ely
Reply to  Buc76
2 years ago

Our secondary got torched last year, a 2nd round pick on a corner would be fine

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

I swear this site is in the Twilight Zone Bruce Arians was the best coach available and I agree with that but without getting a good quarterback this team is going nowhere Jameis Winston is at the bottom of the league year after year in rating he leads the league in turnovers of active quarterbacks they either get a quarterback in free agency or they better be looking to the draft or get ready for Arians to fail!

GrayBalls
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

FUC-ASS-BOB, you’re a funny dude. Kind of an idiot, but funny

Andy Ely
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

Peyton Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger were both turnover machines before Arians got his hands on them. So lets pump the breaks and give the man a chance

GrayBalls
Reply to  Andy Ely
2 years ago

Bob doesn’t quite understand what that means. Winston could put up a 158.3 and he would find something wrong with what Jameis did.

BigSombrero
Reply to  GrayBalls
2 years ago

When Jameis puts up 158.3, lots of minds will change. All he has to do is put up 158.3

GrayBalls
Reply to  BucWild02
2 years ago

Lol Piece of cake

BUC-ASS-BOB
Reply to  GrayBalls
2 years ago

Jameis Has average QB rating 4 yrs 87.8
highest year 92.2 , bottom 10 in starting qb every year in rating
leads league in turnovers Int and lost fumbles
Yes if he had 105 rating I would be happy but he is bust will never be higher than 90 Average

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

He is what he is a QB with average rating year after year below 90 he throws Ints fumbles and loooooossses
that is what he is a loser L O S E R loser Any body claiming anything else is not using math this clown won 6 games in 2 seasons LOSER
MATH SAYS LOSER