Obi Melifonwu
Projection
Round 1-2
Grade
A
6.70
Eventual Starter

Obi Melifonwu

Safety
Connecticut
  • Year: Redshirt Senior
  • Height: 6-3 7/8
  • Weight: 224
  • 40-Yard: 4.40
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

One of the better overall athletes in the draft. Rare size and athleticism. Has the athletic traits to be able to play corner. Shows good ability in both man and zone and plays the ball well. Aggressive run-support player who can hit and tackle.

Weak Points

Despite freak athletic traits, he is still raw. Needs work with his footwork and positioning in coverage. Doesn't have natural hands.

The Way We See It

Before the Senior Bowl, this was a player we didn't hear much about. He had a very strong week at the Senior Bowl and followed that up with perhaps the best overall Combine performance, regardless of position. This player has rare size and athletic ability but he is still a bit raw. The arrow is going up and he is just beginning to reach his potential. As a pro, he could line up at safety, hybrid linebacker and maybe even corner, depending on the team that drafts him. Has the skill set to play any of these positions. He will be one of the more interesting players in the draft and it wouldn't be shocking to see him go late in the first round. Worst-case scenario is he goes very early in the second.