UConn safety Obi Melifonwu has talent that stands out as much as his name.
School: Connecticut Ht: 6-4 Wt: 219
The first thing that stands out about Melifonwu is his size. He had the length and bulk to be a physical presence on the back end. With his dipped and athleticism, his range is well above average. Movement skills are those of a much smaller man and his fluidity is impressive. His football IQ is off the charts and he processes information quickly. Also has solid hands and makes plays on the ball well.
Against the run, Melifonwu is quick and instinctive. While not an overpowering tackler, he wraps up well and securely. Generally takes sound angles to the football.
Melifonwu will be slightly old (23) for an NFL rookie. He doesn’t always play up to his size, particularly as a tackler. He trends to throttle down too much before engaging with the ball carrier. Gets sloppy with his tackling technique, occasionally diving at the ankles of his target.
In deep coverage, Melifonwu will over-think and seemingly second guess what he sees in front of him. This will be a primary coaching point for whomever drafts him.
Obi Melifonwu is one of the more well-rounded safety prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft. He has a unique combination of size, agility and intelligence. He stood out at the Senior Bowl among all-stars from bigger programs. With solid showings at the combine and pro day workouts, he could increase his draft stock from a second rounder to a solid day one prospect; similar to his former Husky teammate Byron Jones leading up to the 2015 draft.
Early Round 2