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Ifeatu Melifonwu NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Detroit Lions CB

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

American Team defensive back Ifeatu Melifonwu of Syracuse (8) lines up during the first half of the NCAA college football Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)
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HEIGHT:
 6'2½"

WEIGHT: 205

    

POSITIVES

— Has great length and size.

— Good speed and explosiveness run with receivers.

— Good feet out of breaks with smooth hip swivel.

— Solid tackler who runs through ball-carriers.

— Strong player who is physical in block destruction.

     

NEGATIVES

— Struggles with pad level. Will get high and round breaks.

— Has average recovery speed. Can take a few steps to get to top speed.

— Can be lazy in press coverage. Gives inside too easily.

     

2020 STATISTICS

54 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 6 PBU

      

OVERALL

Melifonwu is an elite athlete with ideal size for a defensive back. He plays with very good strength and an aggressive play style. He is very smooth for his size and is able to play multiple positions in the defensive backfield; along with multiple techniques. When in the right position he has the speed to run deep. Due to his size, he can struggle with change of direction and some double moves. He will have to work to sharpen his man coverage. With his size and skills, Melifonwu could easily fit into a zone scheme. Also with the plus of his size and strong tackling ability, Melifonwu could potentially make the move to safety, if cornerback doesn't work out.

     

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GRADE: 7.4 (potential NFL starter, Round 4)

OVERALL RANK104/300

POSITION RANKCB13

PRO COMPARISON: Sean Smith

     

Written by B/R NFL Scout Cory Giddings

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