2019 Picks #146-150
NFL Draft Scout
#146 Lions - Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
OUTLOOK: In 2017, Penn State was guided by an exceptional athlete in running back Saquon Barkley, a player widely regarded as the best in the country and one who ultimately earned the No. 2 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. Barkley accounted for over 2,000 all-purpose yards and led the league's rookies with 15 touchdowns. A year later and Penn State is offering a similarly spectacular athlete in Oruwariye, albeit one with much less fanfare and perhaps less likely to make quite as dramatic of an impact in the NFL as a rookie, given his position. Whereas Barkley was branded by some as a can't miss prospect dating back to high school, Oruwariye signed with Penn State as "just" a three star recruit and redshirted his first season on campus. Since then, however, he's developed into one of the country's most respected cornerbacks, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a junior and ascending to First Team accolades in 2018, when he registered a career-high 50 tackles and 11 passes broken up, as well as three interceptions - including a highlight reel game-clincher in the end zone during overtime in the first game of the season to stave off an upset bid by Appalachian State. Sure, you wish he were a little more physical but Oruwariye's exceptional combination of size, agility and maturity scream first round pick and longtime NFL starter. For all of his gifts, however, Oruwariye has more teased than dominated during his Penn State career, leaving scouts to debate whether he is blossoming or a one-year wonder.
#147 Bills - Vosean Joseph, OLB, Florida
OUTLOOK: Given all the myriad of multi-purpose weapons powering today's up-tempo offenses, teams are left searching for defenders with the combination of speed, agility and physicality to match up. Joseph checks those boxes and many others. The third-year junior opted to declare early for the 2019 NFL draft after leading the Gators with 93 tackles, including nine for loss (four sacks) and five passes broken up. Joseph earned Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week honors in a win over then-No. 5 LSU, registering a career-high 14 tackles, including 3.5 for loss. Joseph played in all 37 games of his career, logging 22 starts dating back to his true freshman season. He totaled 161 tackles, 14.0 tackles-for-loss, four sacks, eight pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery during his college career. Joseph is a young mustang who needs to be reined in a bit but the team that gambles on his athletic upside could be handsomely rewarded.
#148 49ers - Dre Greenlaw, ILB, Arkansas
#149 Raiders - Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson
OUTLOOK: Although Renfrow isn’t special athletically in any trait and he is your quintessential try-hard white wide out, the fact of the matter is that he keeps answering the bell. He is already a timeless legend at Clemson, as he went from walk-on recruit to famously catching the game winning touchdown against Alabama in the 2017 Championship game as a sophomore and becoming a reliable go-to slot option for DeShaun Watson, Kelly Bryant and Trevor Lawrence. He was an option quarterback in high school and as a result, he is a natural ball handler and pass catcher with exceptional ball skills. He understands how defenses work and on plays that happen out of structure, he does a great job of running back to the passer to bail his quarterback out. Surprisingly effective in contested catch situations despite his size and he has enough wiggle to get open on short to intermediate catches. Upon first glance you might mistake Renfrow for an uber driver. His lack of top end speed is noticeable. He finds ways to get open only due to his craftiness and savvy but how he is able to separate at the next level is a legitimate concern.
#150 Packers - Kingsley Keke, DT, Texas AM
OUTLOOK: Proving agile enough to provide a pass rush, Keke benefitted from the more active defensive scheme preferred by new Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher, jumping from one sack in 2017 to 7.5 in a breakout final campaign that earned him an invitation to Mobile, Ala. for the Senior Bowl. Projecting as more of a complimentary threat than star in the NFL, Keke's value lies with his ability to play multiple roles along the defensive line, potentially saving a team a roster spot.