Detroit Lions rookie cornerback Amani Oruwariye nabbed his first career interception in Week 12 against Washington, and it was a big one. The corner wrestled the ball away from fellow rookie Kelvin Harmon, getting the Lions back the ball late after taking a slim three-point lead.
The corner earned his first career start on Sunday, coming in relief of the injured Rashaan Melvin. Until last week, he had not even played a single defensive snap as he spent much of the early weeks of the season as a healthy scratch.
Oruwariye was selected by the Lions in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL draft. The Penn State product was expected to go much higher on draft weekend, but concerns over how raw he was for his age led to him sliding down draft boards.
He also caught the attention of fellow corner Jamal Agnew, who congratulated his teammate on Twitter. Agnew missed the game due to injury.
Pride of Detroit wrote a feature about Oruwariye and his journey to the NFL in August.