For the second time in three years a relatively unknown defensive back from the University of Connecticut, of all places, has captured the imagination of general managers, absolutely maximized the combine/pro day/team visit process and is now poised to fare better in the NFL Draft than most anyone would have assumed three months ago.Obi Melifonwu is arguably the best athlete in the 2017 NFL Draft. cheap nfl jerseys.His metrics are world class across the board, and the versatile defensive back is less than a week away from cashing in on all of his hard work preparing for the most grueling and lengthy job interview of his life. He’s about to accomplish something strikingly similar to what former college teammate Byron Jones, another freakishly athletic safety, achieved just two Aprils ago, when Jones went to the Dallas Cowboys with the 27th overall pick. Melifonwu appears on the cusp of becoming just the third player in the history of the UConn program to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.Melifonwu, 23, is hardly just a workout warrior. He was a four-year starter for the Huskies who can toggle between free safety and strong safety; a tackling machine who loves to play physically and can also hunt for the football in the air. But it’s impossible to ignore the ridiculous athletic feats throughout the lead up to the draft that have distanced him from all but the truly elite prospects. wholesale nfl jerseys.From the combine on he has completely wowed the scouting community with his somewhat incomparable combination of size, height, weight, speed, quickness and leaping ability, morphing the high-end speed of a top corner with the thumping frame of a linebacker .
That alone will get you noticed — big time — and when coupled with on-field production (albeit in a lesser football conference), a dogged competitiveness, a willingness to be coached and an engaging and winning personality you have the makings of a first-round talent. cheap nba jerseys.Teams I’ve talked to expect him to be the third safety selected in an unusually deep class of them — behind only Jamal Adams of LSU and Malik Hooker of Ohio State (both football powerhouses). His versatility and promise are too bountiful to ignore, drawing comparisons in some corridors to Seattle Pro Bowl safety Kam Chancellor.”I’ve always had that goal [of going in the first round] in mind,” Melifonwu told me with his hectic travel schedule of NFL visits finally winding down, “but at the same time I understood that this is a business and a lot of decisions are based on that, and I’m not a GM or a head coach and those decisions aren’t in my control. So, I always had the mindset that I can go in the first round, and I have first-round potential and ability, but those are things I can’t focus on, because those are things I can’t control.”What the safety could control was how hard he worked, how diligent he was with his positional drills and the mechanics and technique involved with the broad jump and vertical jump and 40-yard dash.cheap baseball jerseys. And much like Jones, who posted a world-record broad jump at the combine to catapult up draft boards, Melifonwu put on an Olympic decathlon-esque performance in Indianapolis in February to boost his stock.
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Melifonwu ran what would have been the fifth-best time among all cornerbacks — think maybe 6 feet, 195 pounds — but did it carrying 224 pounds on his 6-4 frame. Only Jones posted a better broad jump at the combine dating back to 2003 and Melifonwu’s vertical of 44 inches was the best of any combine participant since 2006.”cheapjerseys.Going into the combine I was kind of nervous, actually,” Melifonwu said, “but having Yo [trainer Yo Murphy] in my corner, I’ve never had someone that pushed me as hard as he did and believed in me like he did. He really gave me a sense of calmness. He was there for me through the whole thing. If I needed something, he would run and get it. He really did a great job of preparing me for the combine and preparing me while I was at the combine.”cheap jerseys from china.Much of the credit for the astounding combine showing obviously goes to Melifonwu, and his dedication to the process, obviously. He believes he gained a specific advantage from some of the advanced technology available him at the APSI Training complex in Tampa, Florida, where Murphy, a former NFL wide receiver and kick returner, worked with him. He trained heavily with Athos, a wearable technology app that measures the body’s biosignals during workouts and assesses how to buttress specific muscle groups and areas moving forward.authentic nfl jerseys.