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Raiders, Melifonwu agree to terms on a deal

By Mike Guerrelli
Jul 27, 2017
Oakland Raiders

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MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 28: Connecticut Safety Obi Melifonwu #20 of the North Team signs a few items for fans after the 2017 Resse's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 28, 2017 in Mobile, Alabama. The South defeated the North 16-15. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
  • The Oakland Raiders announced on their website that they have signed safety Obi Melifonwu. Oakland drafted Melifonwu in the second round this year out of the University of Connecticut.
  • Melifonwu was the third-ranked safety on PFF’s 2017 Draft Board and the 32nd overall prospect. In 2016 his 82.2 overall PFF grade ranked 20th out of 346 qualifying safeties.
  • Last season, Melifonwu only missed nine tackles in 116 attempts for a 12.9 tackling efficiency rating (attempted tackles per tackle missed) that ranked 15th out of 240 safeties that played at least 500 snaps.

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