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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

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that "about 40 percent" of the teams interested in UConn DB Obi Melifonwu see him as a cornerback at the next level.

Melifonwu has already been put through cornerback work during the pre-Draft process, and that'll continue to be the case during private workouts leading up to the Draft itself. Clubs will specifically be gauging his footwork, backpedal, hip turn and transitions. As a safety, Pro Football Focus and NFL Media's Bucky Brooks have both compared Melifonwu to Seattle's Kam Chancellor.
Mar 23 - 1:18 PM

UConn DB Obi Melifonwu has upcoming visits scheduled with the Steelers, Seahawks and Saints, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.

Melifonwu has also met with the Lions and Panthers over the past 24 hours. Pro Football Focus compares Melifonwu to Seattle Seahawks S Kam Chancellor. NFL Media's Bucky Brooks agrees, noting that the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Melifonwu could "[thrive] in a Kam Chancellor-like role as a pro."
Mar 22 - 1:07 PM

An NFL scout is reminded of Deone Bucannon when he sees UConn DB Obi Melifonwu because Melifonwu "can play in the box and in space."

"Physical. Square tackler. I was shocked," he said. "He’s big and he can run. I think he’s too big for corner. He can replace a ‘backer in the box because he can cover." Though Melifonwu only recently emphatically jumped onto the radars of draftniks, he was a longtime contributor at UConn with 48 career starts and eight interceptions. "He looks the part," said another scout. "He’s more of a downhill type but he brings a presence." As for Pro Football Focus, they compare Melifonwu to Seattle Seahawks S Kam Chancellor.
Mar 17 - 4:02 PM

Pro Football Focus compared UConn DB Obi Melifonwu to Seattle Seahawks S Kam Chancellor.

A lofty enough comp, as PFF is well aware. Noted the outlet's analysis team, "This comparison is low-hanging fruit, but the reality is there just isn’t another existing player in the NFL who can play up to Melifonwu’s ceiling based on his size and athleticism." They go on to explain that "Chancellor’s role is one that many teams try to emulate and Melifonwu is one of the few capable of living up to that type of hype." NFL Media's Bucky Brooks also sees a bit of Chancellor in the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder's game. The analyst noted that Melifonwu "has all the physical tools that teams covet in an enforcer between the hashes" and that he could "[thrive] in a Kam Chancellor-like role as a pro." On the less glowing side of the equation, some have questioned his on-field toughness, as well his consistency on film.
Mar 16 - 8:32 PM

An NFL evaluator indicated that UConn DB Obi Melifonwu’s stock is complicated by his inconsistent film.

"He never flashed that high-point ability on tape," said the evaluator. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Melifonwu lit up the NFL Combine with a 40 in 4.40 seconds, a vertical jump of 44-inches and a broad jump of 11-feet-9. Former HC Bob Diaco disagrees with notions that Obi still struggles on the field, saying that the late-blooming prospect made a huge jump between his sophomore and junior seasons. "Scouts were on him very, very early. I just think they were trying to play coy to angle themselves appropriately," said Diaco. "Not only did Obi have a strong Senior Bowl, but he did what everyone who knew him knew he was capable of at the combine in terms of his testing numbers. Now the cat is out of the bag. Obi is the best safety available in this draft."
Source: MMQB
Mar 15 - 1:25 PM

UConn DB Obi Melifonwu is scheduled to visit the Steelers, Seahawks and Saints, according to Texans beat writer Aaron Wilson.

Melifonwu is one of the more fascinating prospects in the draft, thanks to his ridiculous safety frame and athleticism and possible conversion to corner. Just looking at the teams listed, the Seahawks might consider Obi as the successor to either safety, or view him as a corner. Melifonwu needs to complete his agility tests at the school's pro day.
Mar 13 - 11:39 AM

An AFC college scouting director told NFL Media's Bucky Brooks that UConn S Obi Melifonwu is a top-40 pick.

"I know he has some cornerback skills, but I would leave him at safety and let him grow at the position," the scouting director said. Melifonwu was one of the stars of the Combine this past weekend. While Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline has heard some concerns about the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder's overall level of toughness, Brooks does not see it in that way, writing that "[h]e has all of the physical tools that teams covet in an enforcer between the hashes and I can see him thriving in a Kam Chancellor-like role as a pro."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 10 - 4:16 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that NFL scouts are concerned that UConn S Obi Melifonwu is "soft on the field."

For his part, Pauline wrote: "I agree with that concern." The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Melifonwu is coming off an utterly dominant NFL Combine, recording a vertical jump of 44-inches and a broad jump of 11-feet-9. His stock is up, but concerns with Melifonwu's tape may relegate him to Day 2.
Mar 8 - 3:23 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Steve Palazzolo writes that "[i]t may be time to see [UConn S Obi] Melifonwu’s name in the first round of mock drafts."

Palazzolo tagged Melifonwu as a Combine "winner," which comes as no surprise. He sizzled in testing over the weekend, most notably via a pair of remarkable jumps. The 6-foot-4, 223-pounder registered a broad jump of 11-foot-9 and a vertical leap of 44.5 inches. "Teams have been looking for the 'next' Kam Chancellor for a while now," Palazzolo notes, "and Melifonwu has the size and explosiveness to fill a box safety role."
Mar 7 - 4:25 PM

At the NFL Combine, 14 of 37 CBs measured in with 32-plus inch arms, with 15 of 24 S doing the same.

This class is abnormally long at defensive back. Some entire classes do not have 14 corners with that kind of length, no less at the NFL Combine. Many teams use that mark as a threshold for outside corners, so the pool is more populated than usual this year.
Source: Rotoworld
Mar 7 - 11:31 AM

UConn S Obi Melifonwu recorded a vertical jump of 44-inches and a broad jump of 11-feet-9 at the NFL Combine.

This comes close to fellow UConn product Byron Jones' double dip of 12-foot-3 inch broad jump and 44.5-inch vertical back in 2015. Melifonwu has yet to run his forty or go through position drills. This year's defensive back class is loaded, but depending on his forty time Melifonwu could be viewed as a corner and safety prospect thanks to his athleticism and 6-foot-4, 32-plus inch arms frame. That could place him into the first round.
Mar 6 - 11:01 AM

The Seattle Seahawks are interested in Connecticut DB Obi Melifonwu, according to Eric Edholm of Yahoo! Sports.

Seattle has "done [the] most work" on Melinfonwu and has "met with him several times" at the Senior Bowl and Combine, according to the analyst. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Melifonwu has the brand of rare size and athleticism that Seattle covets in defensive backs. Melifonwu has reportedly been tried out at corner by some teams. Perhaps Seattle, famously smitten with long corners, is interested in moving him to CB.
Mar 5 - 1:07 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah hears that UConn DB Obi Melifonwu could post testing results similar to those of Dallas Cowboys S Byron Jones.

Jones absolutely crushed the Combine two years ago, most notably in posting a best-ever-in-Indy broad jump of 12 feet, three inches. Not only is that the best mark in Combine history, it stands as an unofficial world record. Jones was also clocked in the 40-yard dash at a hearty 4.36 seconds. If the 6-foot-3, 217-pound Melifonwu can approach these numbers, he figures to have a strong shot at being selected early on Day 2.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 28 - 3:06 PM


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