Former UConn star Melifonwu opening eyes at Senior Bowl practices
He backed that up with some strong efforts at practices for the North team.
NFL Network's draft analysts Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah said after one play "is that Melifonwu again?"
There was a play when Melifonwu came flying in to hit former Michigan running back De'Veon Smith on a red-zone drill. Although Smith scored on the play, that didn't stop Mayock and Jeremiah from continuing to heap praise on UConn's leading tackler during the 2016 season.
"Let me tell you something, this fellow Melifonwu from UConn at 6-4, 219 has got some outstanding range," Mayock said.
"I don't care that he scored right there, I am just looking at a guy burst from the middle of the field."
It should be noted that around this time a couple years ago Byron Jones was being touted as a second-day pick in the NFL draft when some impressive workouts led to him soaring into the first round. With the way people are talking up Melifonwu, there's a decent chance to he makes a run at being a first rounder as well.
I did some number crunching and UConn has had six defensive backs taken in the NFL draft since 2008 which is tied for 17th. If you look at the list of teams ahead of the Huskies, most of them are getting the elite defensive backs to come to their school. According to www.rivals.com, Melifonwu didn't even make the national rankings even if he was one of nine three-star recruits in the class signed by UConn in 2012.
Here's the list
Ohio State 11
Florida State 9
Virginia Tech 9
Notre Dame 8
West Virginia 8
Oregon State 7
Boise State 6
South Carolina 6
South Florida 6
Arizona State 5
North Carolina State 5
Oklahoma State 5
Wake Forest 5