Obi Melifonwu, A Perfect Fit For the Dallas Cowboys Secondary?
UConn strong safety Obi Melifonwu
40 yard dash: 4.40
Bench press: 17 reps
The UConn 4-year starter possess elite yet rare size and athleticism, which could pair well with fellow former UConn Huskies’ defensive back Byron Jones, in the Cowboys’ secondary. According to Pro Football Focus, Melifonwu finished ninth in run-stop percentage and 17th in tackling efficiency among FBS safeties in 2016. Not only just a line-of-scrimmage playmaker, Melifonwu possesses rare coverage skills for a safety his size. Not only did he give up more than 60 receiving yards in a game just four times total in the past two seasons, but he also has eight interceptions under his belt in his four years as a Huskies’ safety. With brilliant closing speed at 224lbs, a long stride when covering ground and the size/athleticism/physicality to play man against tight ends and and bigger receivers in the redzone, Obi could be a difference-maker for the Cowboys’ secondary.
Obi’s primary concern is his overagression when attacking the line of scrimmage and rushing lanes, which leads to over pursuit of ball carriers and/or bad angles taken at the point of attack.
Possibly the most complete prospect at the position outside of LSU’s Jamal Adams and Ohio State’s Malik Hooker, Obi Melifonwu could bring a element to the Cowboys’ secondary that they’ve lacked for a long time: a sizeable, ultra-athletic, physical safety that’s capable of deep coverage, seam coverage against tight ends and yet, still able to make a big impact when close to the line of scrimmage.