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Obi Melifonwu | Safety

Team: Connecticut Huskies
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/5/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 223

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Raiders selected UConn DB Obi Melifonwu with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Melifonwu (6’4/224) started a whopping 47 games at UConn, compiling 11 career tackles for loss with eight interceptions and two forced fumbles. Like fellow ex-Huskies SS Byron Jones, Obi completely murdered the Combine with a 4.4-flat forty and off-the-charts vertical (44") and broad (11’9") jumps. While Obi obviously checks boxes for size and athleticism, PFF College charted him with 12 touchdown passes allowed over his final three years, and NFL scouts reportedly question Melifonwu’s on-field toughness. Ideally, he would become a combination safety in the mold of Bengals FS George Iloka. Melifonwu will likely back up aging Reggie Nelson at free safety initially, then take over as a starter opposite Karl Joseph in 2018. Fri, Apr 28, 2017 09:03:00 PM

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