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UConn dismissed redshirt sophomore LB Nazir Williams.

Williams was dismissed, per a press release, due to "violation of Division of Athletics policy." No more specifics were given, but we can make an educated guess about which straw broke the camel's back. In the fall, Williams was arrested on charges of weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana and possession of alcohol by a minor. He was a three-star 2015 recruit who never saw the field for the Huskies.
Jun 20 - 2:59 PM

UConn redshirt junior David Pindell exited the spring in a three-way battle with Bryant Shirreffs and Donovan Williams for the starting job.

Shirreffs and Williams struggled last year, while Pindell is the new kid on the block. Pindell threw for 2,424 yards and 31 touchdowns with 459 yards rushing last season at the JUCO level.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 5 - 4:31 PM

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.
Apr 28 - 9:03 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that UConn S/CB Obi Melifonwu had a private meeting on campus Thursday with the Patriots.

Campbell believes that if the Patriots deal Malcolm Butler for a first-rounder, Melifonwu could be a target of New England's. The Patriots could also procure a first-rounder by dealing Jimmy Garoppolo. As we sit now, New England doesn't have a Round 1 pick because of the Brandin Cooks trade. With the NFL Draft one week away, we're becoming more and more convinced that Melifonwu will land at the end of Round 1. Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted Melifonwu to the Cowboys at pick No. 28 in his most recent mock.
Apr 20 - 2:34 PM

Per the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, UConn S/CB Obi Melifonwu visited the Seattle Seahawks on Monday and is visiting the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday.

The Seahawks hold pick No. 26, while the 49ers could be eyeing Melifonwu as an option at No. 34 early in the second round. He has also drawn interest from the Dolphins, Steelers, Saints, Browns and Titans this month. The 6-foot-4, 223-pounder has been gearing toward a possible first-round selection ever since he blew up at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. Rotoworld's Josh Norris sees it happening in his most recent mock draft, tagging Melifonwu to the Cowboys at pick No. 28.
Apr 18 - 8:54 PM

UConn S/CB Obi Melifonwu is visiting the Dolphins on Friday.

We expect Melifonwu to be selected in the first round, but the question is at what position. If Melifonwu stars in the NFL he should want to play corner, but Melifonwu has far more experience at safety. he played both strong and free roles at UConn. He's an outstanding athlete with rare size.
Apr 14 - 11:45 AM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that UConn S Obi Melifonwu is on an official pre-Draft visit with the Steelers on Thursday.

Pittsburgh seems pretty likely to address its secondary concerns on one of the first two days of the NFL Draft. They have plenty of draft equity ammunition, with two third-rounders in addition to their choices in Rds. 1 and 2. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported last month that "about 40 percent" of the teams interested in Melifonwu see him as an NFL cornerback. As a safety, Pro Football Focus and NFL Media's Bucky Brooks have both compared Melifonwu to Seattle's Kam Chancellor. The 6-foot-4, 233-pounder is an unmitigated athletic freak, though he comes with inconsistent tape.
Apr 13 - 12:50 PM

Pro Football Focus compared UConn WR Noel Thomas to Indianapolis Colts WR Kamar Aiken.

"Aiken’s been an effective slot receiver in the NFL because of his ability to work the seam with decent speed and route-running combined with very impressive hands and excellent body control for off target passes," writes the PFF analysis team. They believe that Thomas "could develop into a similar player given the right opportunity." The 6-foot, 205-pounder notched a 100-1179-3 receiving line this past season, but despite those gaudy numbers, could be on the outside looking in come the end of Day 3.
Apr 11 - 8:07 PM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell reports that UConn S Obi Melifonwu is on an official pre-Draft visit with the Saints on Monday.

New Orleans has problems everywhere on defense, and while some would argue they have more pressing needs than safety (edge rusher, linebacker, corner), the 6-foot-4, 224-pound Melifonwu is an utterly unique prospect whose ceiling is that of a game-changing defensive chess piece. Holding three picks in the top-42, New Orleans may decide that they're in the perfect position to roll the dice on one of the better size/speed/explosion prospects that we've seen in recent years. Obi posted Combine-leading efforts in the broad jump (11-9) and vertical jump (44 inches) and added a 4.40s 40-yard dash.
Apr 10 - 5:55 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports that UConn S Obi Melifonwu is taking an official visit with the Browns on Friday.

Looks like Melifonwu is filling up one of the Browns' allotted 30 official visits to tour team facilities and the like. Absolutely loaded down with draft capital, Cleveland has a number of angles it could take if it wants to draft the 6-foot-4, 233-pounder. Their No. 12 pick might be a touch too rich, but they also hold pick No. 33 and could pretty easily flex their muscle to trade up if they are eyeing Melifonwu but feel he might be off the board by Round 2. As for other interested teams, the Buccaneers and Titans have both reportedly run the athletic standout through private workouts during the process.
Apr 7 - 12:47 PM

UConn redshirt senior LB E.J. Levenberry tore his right ACL in practice on Saturday.

In a statement, HC Randy Edsall said that Levenberry suffered the injury on a non-contact play. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder will undergo surgery to repair the knee in the near future. Levenberry transferred from Florida State to UConn prior to the 2015 season. After sitting out that campaign, he played in 11 games during the 2016 season, recording 37 tackles (5.0 for loss), 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble along the way. A sixth-month recovery would put Levenberry in line for a return in October, though that is far from set in stone at this stage.
Apr 4 - 6:25 PM

UConn WR Noel Thomas will attend the local prospect days of both the Jets and Giants this week.

Thomas broke out last season with a school record 100 receptions for 1,179 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 60 yards on 13 attempts. Those numbers are extremely impressive considering the toothless offense he played for, but temper your NFL expectations. "Thomas has pretty good NFL size, but his route running is poor allowing defensive backs to jump his routes far too often," NFL Media's Lance Zierlein wrote. "Thomas' issues getting off of press coverage is a concern and he'll likely have to try and make the league as a big slot receiver."
Apr 4 - 3:23 PM

The Titans put UConn S Obi Melifonwu through a workout as a CB, according to Aaron Wilson.

Any safety with 4.40 speed and long arms will be looked at as a corner, because contract value points to corners over safeties as priorities. Melifonwu is a totally unique prospect. Few players enter the NFL with his size and explosion. The Titans could select him with pick No. 18.
Apr 3 - 8:54 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers put UConn DB Obi Melifonwu through a private workout on Thursday.

Melifonwu has also recently met with the Lions and Panthers. Pauline notes that the UConn defender performed well on pro day -- no surprise there given how he has aced the draft process to date -- and writes that the 6-foot-4, 223-pounder "moved incredibly well around the field, displayed quick, fluid footwork moving in reverse and easily flipped his hips." He additionally relays that scouts "were impressed with the explosion and acceleration he displayed out of his transition."
Mar 23 - 7:03 PM

UConn DB Obi Melifonwu recently met with the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers.

The Lions have kept a close eye on Obi during the pre-Draft process. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has passed along that "about 40 percent" of interested teams see Melifonwu as a corner. What transpires over the next four weeks during private workouts is extremely important to his evaluation.
Mar 23 - 4:00 PM


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