RSP Film Room No. 113: DB Obi Melifonwu (UConn)

Melifonwu, a big and rangy defensive back in the 2017 NFL Draft class, earns a look in the RSP Film Room with Matt Waldman and PFF’s Josh Liskiewitz.

One of my favorite things about having Liskiewitz on this show is his desire to profile defensive backs. He chose Melifonwu because he believed that tape available at Draft Breakdown would lead a lot of people to believe that Melifonwu is a second or third-round pick. Liskiewitz believes the UConn safety is a first-round pick and he believes the one play he found for this session—an interception against Temple—is part of a supporting argument of plays that you won’t see at Draft Breakdown that makes all the difference between the two grades.

Liskiewitz does a phenomenal job of showing Melifonwu’s run support, work in cover-2, quarters, and cover-1. It’s an educational look at an athletic specimen with the size of Kam Chancellor, but a different game that could be equally appealing for teams that understand what Melifonwu offers a team.

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