Most would agree the safety position isn’t that high on the Pittsburgh Steelers wish list heading into the 2017 NFL Draft, not with entrenched starter Mike Mitchell and up-and-coming safety Sean Davis going into his second year.
Melifonwu, who is known as a safety but played cornerback during the Senior Bowl, turned a lot of heads at the combine, posting tremendous scores in all major categories in Indianapolis.
His 6-4, 224-pound size, combined with 4.40 speed is a rare mix of athleticism rarely found in NFL prospects at his position. But the 40-yard dash wasn’t the only drill which caught scouts’ eyes.
He had 44-inch vertical leap, an 11-9 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.
As for his play on the field, Melifonwu had 118 tackles last season and four interceptions. A four-year starter, Melifonwu had six interceptions over the past two seasons.
Could it be possible the Steelers see him as one of the “tweener” players who could play safety, slot cornerback, or even a linebacker position in some of their more exotic sub packages? They are interested enough to have him in for a pre-draft visit, so time will tell.
Check out his highlight film below: