Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Too early to tell 2019 NFL re-draft

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Round 4, Pick 107: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

Original Pick: Anthony Nelson, EDGE, Iowa

Anthony Nelson was a solid pick for the Buccaneers with their opening selection on day-three of the draft, however after addressing the pass rushing struggles with their first rounder, they can go elsewhere here. Like Gardner-Johnson, it is completely unknown why Amani Oruwariye, cornerback from Penn State, slipped to the fifth round when it looked like the second round was his floor.

A native of Tampa Bay, Oruwariye had the opportunity on multiple occasions to be brought back home, but instead landed with the Detroit Lions on day-three. He was the top ranked cornerback in this class, which was full of risks, as he displayed possibly the most consistent and safe style of play for the Nittany Lions.

Over his final two seasons at Penn State, Oruwariye tallied seven interceptions, and a massive 18 passes defended. He also forced one fumble and totaled an impressive 39 solo tackles from his corner spot during his 2018 senior campaign.

From the Nittany Lions to the Lions, Oruwariye was the steal of the draft in the fifth round, as Detroit got a starting caliber player across from Darius Slay on the third and final day of the draft. While Jamel Dean and his athletic prowess may turn out to bring good fortune onto the Buccaneers, Oruwariye seems like the safer route; a homecoming would have been special too.