SKOL Search: Ifeatu Melifonwu Scouting Report

SKOL Search: Ifeatu Melifonwu Scouting Report

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79.99-75Potential Starter/Early ContributorRound Three
74.99-70Spot Starter/Special Teams Day OneRound Four
69.99-65Backup/Special TeamsRound Five
59.99-55Backup/Special TeamsRound Six
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54.99-Practice SquadUndrafted

Ifeatu Melifonwu

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 213 lbs

Strengths: Like his brother Obi before him, Ifeatu has incredible size and length. In his 3 seasons at Syracuse, Melifonwu has shown himself to have solid ball skills with 3 interceptions and 21 passes. Is a top-tier athlete who has excellent size and speed. Capable in both man and zone coverage, Melifonwu is an incredibly fluid mover. Does a great job staying in the receivers hip pocket. In a game against Liberty, he showed the ability to be a lockdown corner as the Orangemen lost 38-21 and Melifonwu wasn’t targeted once. In the running game, he understands how the ball carrier sees the field and stays patient, preventing cutback lanes and filling gaps in the open field.

Weaknesses: While Melifonwu is a top level athlete, his consistency needs improvement. He can make the wrong reads and can get a little grabby when he makes a mistake. Improving his football IQ and refining his technique will be the key to unlocking his long term potential. One are he does need some work is in run support. Being more physical and a more sure tackler are both areas that need some work.

Man8.5/10
Zone8/10
Hips/Fluidity9.5/10
Recognition12/15
Quickness8.5/10
Run Support7/10
Speed9/10
Recovery9/10
Tackling3.5/5
Ball Skills8.5/10
Grade83.5/100 Second Rounder

Ifeatu Melifonwu is a fascinating prospect. While his draft stock will likely be all across the board in the NFL, his size and athletic profile will be coveted by some teams, especially by those who run the Seattle Cover 3 scheme. His aggressive nature paired with his elite athleticism gives him the potential to be a future CB1 in the NFL.

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