A freakishly athletic UCONN safety who put the whole world on notice at the NFL Combine.
Yes, that sentence relates perfectly to current Cowboys safety Byron Jones, who continued to improve in year two and looks to be a staple in the back-end of the Cowboys defense for years to come.
It also relates to another safety, however, who could find himself playing along side Jones for the second time in his football career. That player, is UCONN’s Obi Melifonwu.
After losing Barry Church and JJ Wilcox in free agency, the Cowboys will certainly need to draft a safety this April, and Melifonwu could be the perfect fit. Byron Jones took to Instagram this morning, and possibly showed his support for the Cowboys drafting his former college teammate.
3,939 Likes, 28 Comments – Byron Jones (@byron31jump) on Instagram: “Uconn’s finest”
Obi Melifonwu (second from the right) is pictured here after a workout with Byron Jones and a few other UCONN alums. Of course, they are probably just friends, but how cool would it be to see these two team up in Dallas?
Staff writer Sean Martin took to Slant Sports to write a scouting report on Obi Melifonwu, and came away giving him a third round grade. I have a second round grade on Melifonwu myself, but either way we both believe he could make a good match in Dallas.
Obi Melifonwu gets a 3rd round grade on my 2017 NFL Draft Board, with the upside to come into the right scheme and be a physical strong safety to hopefully compliment an already athletic secondary.
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Obi Melifonwu is by far the tallest safety in this year’s NFL Draft. He shows good range in pass coverage, and is a surprisingly good player in man coverage despite his height. He possesses many of the desirable traits which NFL teams will look for come draft day, and could compliment Byron Jones very nicely in Dallas.
And on top of all that, it appears that he and Byron already have a rapport to work with. Maybe this Instagram picture is a bit of foreshadowing, and Obi Melifonwu will be joining Jones in Dallas this April.