Obi Melifonwu – 2017 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Obi Melifonwu

SS

Basics:

Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
SS UCONN 20 SR

Measurements (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'4 219 4.58 6'4 224 32 1/2 9 1/8

Combine Results (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.4 44 11'9 17 7.06* 4.3*

Overview:

Melifonwu had a great career at UCONN, where he played in 48 career games, notching 349 total tackles, 11.0 for loss, 8 interceptions, and 16 pass breakups. He has good size, is a sure fire tackler, a hard hitter, and very experienced. He is also good in coverage, and is a defensive play maker. He does not posses elite speed, but that does not hurt his game, and he does get beat by fast backs, and receivers at times while in coverage. With that said, and due to a nice Senior Bowl showing, I see him as a day 2 pick, somewhere in the 2nd round.

Strengths:

Has good size

Tackling machine

Sure fire tackler

Hard hitter

Very experienced

Ball hawk

Did a great job of breaking up passes

Has a non stop motor

Is in on every play

Good in coverage

A defensive play maker

Does not give up on many plays

Did a good job of bringing down receivers and backs behind the line of scrimmage for a loss

Weaknesses:

Does not have elite speed but that does not hurt his game

Gets beat by fast backs and receivers at times while in coverage

Career Stats:

Games Played: 48

Tackles: 349

Tackles For Loss: 11.0

Interceptions: 8

Pass Breakups: 16