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Raiders rookie S Obi Melifonwu set to make debut on Sunday

By Mike Guerrelli
Nov 4, 2017
Oakland Raiders

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MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 28: Connecticut Safety Obi Melifonwu #20 of the North Team poses 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)
  • Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said this week that safety Obi Melifonwu should play his first NFL game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. The 2017 second-round pick was placed on injured reserve in September after undergoing knee surgery.
  • Melifonwu was PFF’s third-ranked safety in this past year’s NFL draft. He only played in one preseason game before going on IR, logging 22 snaps against Dallas and recording a 78.0 overall PFF grade.
  • In 2016 at UConn, Melifonwu’s 84.8 overall PFF grade ranked 15th out of 345 qualifying safeties. He only missed nine tackles in 116 attempts, the third-fewest missed tackles for any FBS safety with 100-plus attempts.
  • Oakland needs help in the secondary, with safety Karl Joseph questionable for the Miami game. Melifonwu could also see work at cornerback, as David Amerson and Gareon Conley have been ruled out this week.

Obi Melifonwu to make NFL debut in Week 9

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