Obi Melifonwu shines in Scouting Combine workout

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In 2015, University of Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones set a new Scouting Combine record for broad jump as part of an excellent workout that helped him cement his status as a first-round pick in the draft.

Jones went 27th overall to the Cowboys that year and now another UConn defensive back has showed off impressive athletic ability in Indianapolis. It’s safety Obi Melifonwu this time around.

Melifonwu had the second-longest broad jump in combine history by leaping 11 feet, 9 inches on Monday to go with 4.4 and 4.46 40-yard-dashes and a 44-inch vertical leap. Those numbers look even better when Melifonwu’s 6’4″, 224-pound frame is taken into account.

Melifonwu isn’t rated as highly as some of the other safeties in this year’s class, but has been talked about as a potential second-round pick. It just takes one team intrigued by his athleticism to have him climb into the first round, though, and Monday’s work carries a whiff of that kind of intrigue.

10 responses to “Obi Melifonwu shines in Scouting Combine workout

  1. BIGGSHAUN says:
    Mar 6, 2017 1:16 PM
    That’s all great, but can he play football.

    They’re not exercise scouting. They’re football scouting.


    Sadly, I think a lot of (bad) teams are exercise scouting…

  2. Who does this remind me of? Oh yeah, Taylor Mays. Physical freak as a safety but if you do not have the instincts you will wash out.

  3. 3 -4 years ago, cornerbacks Matt Elam and Justin Gilbert were both taken with high draft picks because of their athleticism; both are already out of the league.

  4. Byron Jones has not been able to translate that athletic ability into the field. The guy has no ball awareness (0-Fumble recoveries, 1-INT), and got burned (again) against the Packers in Dallas playoffs loss.

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