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  1. #1
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    Round 3, pick 101: ifeatu Melifonwu CB

    Strengths
    Prototype size and length on the outside. Tremendous athleticism and explosiveness. Excellent speed for a big-bodied corner. Smooth opening up vertically. Impressive movement skills in general. Great ability to reach for pass breakups on in-breaking routes without committing a penalty. Impressive closing speed breaking on the ball. Knows how to use his length effectively away with the ball in the air. Quick feet at his size around the line of scrimmage. Big and athletic piece to match tight ends. Good aggressiveness coming up to play runs/screens that get outside. Potential versatility/skillset to play safety. Competitive in coverage and seems to like chirping opponents. Played great in coverage versus Clemson and North Carolina in 2020.

    Weaknesses
    Lacks top instincts for the position. Average agility and first-step quickness. Slower flipping his hips towards the sideline. Feet can get a bit uncoordinated at times. Doesn’t jam or use physicality in the press enough. Needs to be better locating downfield passes. Can get caught with his eyes in the backfield. Would like to see him be stronger as a tackler. Will miss some tackles versus shiftier players.

    NFL comparison
    Quinton Dunbar

    Conclusion
    Overall, Melifonwu is a long and athletic perimeter cornerback that best fits in a primary Cover-3 scheme that utilizes man-to-man concepts. If he can learn to be more physical around the line of scrimmage, he can be a very disruptive defender on the outside.
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    6'3" corner who can play man to man.

    Strengths

    Elite traits with expectations of dynamic testing.
    Long-body defender who can run.
    Ability to mirror early stages of the route from backpedal.
    Length to disrupt adds to his downfield speed.
    Suffocates routes and catch opportunities underneath.
    Angles to play the ball without interfering.
    Consistent drive-and-wrap finisher after the catch.
    Punishing striker with aggressive mentality.
    Able to cast a wide net as open-field tackler.
    Size and strength to match up on pass-catching tight ends.

    Weaknesses

    Doesn't slide feet to cut off and slow release.
    High and loose in backpedal, slowing downhill trigger.
    Change of direction in space is average.
    Allows way too much room from off coverages.
    Needs to play with better eye balance and anticipation.
    Loses positioning to make plays with back to the ball.
    A little tardy in getting rid of perimeter blockers.
    Missed games due to injury in 2018 and 2019.
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    Not sure how I feel... I think I would’ve preferred Amon-Ra st. Brown
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    I would have liked to see a WR but can't really argue with the depth at corner.
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    Could also move him to safety eventually so it gives the Lions position versatility, and given the need at safety this could be a big movie. He also gets a chance to learn from Quinton Dunbar who is a similar player to him for a year so that'll help not rush him on to the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LionsFan..LOL View Post
    Could also move him to safety eventually so it gives the Lions position versatility, and given the need at safety this could be a big movie. He also gets a chance to learn from Quinton Dunbar who is a similar player to him for a year so that'll help not rush him on to the field.
    He is big enough that you can put him on a Tight End and say cover him...

    This is what Campbell was talking about when he said match ups our best against your worse for offense. This is the defense getting someone who should be able to do it all at his position and then also come in for specific schemes and shine.
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    Ifeatu Melifonwu, DB, Syracuse
    As a pure value pick, this might be one of the draft’s best selections thus far. Ifeatu Melifonwu, as a cornerback prospect, is a borderline first-round talent. It’s unclear why he fell so far down the board. He’s the rare cornerback over 6-foot-2 who has elite athleticism and change-of-direction skills. Furthermore, he’s a quick processor, versatile, and very physical at the contact point. Melifonwu gives the Lions valuable depth at cornerback, and he can be a high-level starter.

    Grade: A+

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