Wednesday, March 15, 2017

UConn's Melifonwu makes top 50 list of one former NFL scout

There's plenty of lists of the top draft prospects these days but I've always been partial to people who used to work in a scouting capacity for NFL teams.

Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network certainly fits that criteria as he had stints as a scout with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles.

This might be old news since it was posted on the site a couple days ago but Jeremiah has former UConn safety Obi Melifonwu as his 46th rated prospect making his the 15th rated defensive back on the list backing up the assertion that this is a scary good class of defensive back prospects.

I would anticipate a rather large number of NFL scouts to be on hand when UConn holds its pro day a week from today even though with the numbers Melifonwu put up at the NFL scouting combine, I would think he won't take part in many of the drills. It could be a huge day for former Huskies like Jhavon Williams, Noel Thomas and Andreas Knappe. In recent years some under the radar players out of UConn have opened eyes at UConn's pro day (B.J. McBryde, Kenton Adeyemi, Reuben Frank come to mind while Andrew Adams not only caught the eye of the New York Giants but played a key role as an undrafted rookie free agent).

Speaking of players in the under the radar category, shortly after the UConn event, former University of New Haven offensive tackle Zach Voytek will work out for many of the same scouts in nearby Tolland. Voytek, a former Trumbull High School star, has been drawing plenty of interest according to his agent Joe Linta. He certainly should have some impressive tape since he was named to the All-American team.

Other local non-UConn prospects could also be at the second workout and I'm hoping to be at both of them.

In other draft news, there were reports that former SMU quarterback Matt Davis (eligible for a sixth season of eligibility) was making himself eligible for the draft.

The draft has a new QB: #SMU QB Matt Davis will now be in the 2017 @NFL Draft, rather than seek a 6th year of eligibility
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Davis missed most of last season but he did torch the UConn defense for 191 rushing yards and 145 passing yards in the 2014 season finale. By the way, SMU hosts UConn on Oct. 30.


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