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FA Safety Obi Melifonwu Visiting Dallas Cowboys

After going unclaimed on waivers following his from the , is the latest reject from John Gruden's Oakland Raiders to test the waters at with the .

Melifonwu was the Raiders' pick in 2017. The athletic safety out of UCONN was never able to get his NFL career off the ground in Oakland, losing all but five games his rookie year to before being waived this August.

At the time of his draft, the Cowboys showed interest in pairing Melifonwu with a Connecticut stud of their own – . A year later, Jones is playing at an elite level at upon the arrival of Coordinator , and the team's intrigue into Melifonwu is sustained.

A pre-draft visitor to the Cowboys, Melifonwu is still searching for a team that can identify his strengths and let him play to them. Asked to do it all in college, evaluating Melifonwu as a next level prospect was difficult.

“If Melifonwu was able to play this box safety position more in college, he could project as a safety that fits a Cowboys need almost perfectly. Instead, much of Obi Melifonwu's evaluation to the NFL level is just that – a projection when it comes to how he can adjust for his size and play to his strengths.”

This quote comes from my scouting report on how Melifonwu fit the Cowboys back in 2017 before the draft. With , , and all showing deficiencies against the run at different times this season, Melifonwu could improve a Cowboys rush that currently ranks 10th in yards per game.

If the Cowboys learn anything from players that the Raiders have recently moved on from, it's that they're poised for a breakout – at the very least their hopes for at .

Melifonwu deserves to test the waters of , meaning that an immediate with Dallas is unlikely. The Cowboys do not play again until November 5th, and when they do take the field at (with a 3-0 home record) it could be with significant upgrades at wide receiver and safety.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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