Grafton High School Legend Obi Melifonwu Is The Best Athlete In The Draft And Any NFL Team That Doesn’t Draft Him Tonight Is Insane
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Tonight’s the first round of the NFL draft, and a local kid named Obi Melifonwu from Grafton has a chance of being the first local player since……ever(?) to be drafted in the first round. He’s currently listed as the #3 safety in this draft, ahead of Michigan’s Heisman finalist Jabril Peppers. Thus he projects to go late first or early second round.
When Obi was at Grafton High School he was a star. He played quarterback, which is generally what you do if you’re a high school coach and you’re lucky enough to have a 6’4″ freak athlete go to your school. But since scouts seemingly don’t pay attention to Division 3 schools in Massachusetts, he was only offered a scholarship to one D1 school – UConn. After red-shirting there for a year all he did was go on to dominate at safety, earning all-conference honors this past season.
But starring at UConn isn’t gonna get you drafted in the first round. There’s hardly anything more valuable in sports than a first round pick in the NFL draft, and most players chosen are well known commodities that starred at huge, established major conference schools.
The reason you could hear Obi’s name called tonight is because of his legendary performance at the NFL combine, where he ran a 4.40 in the 40 yard dash, vertical leaped 44 inches, and broad jumped 11’9″. His broad jump was better than any other prospect by five inches. His vertical leap also placed him as the top overall athlete. His 40 time was top amongst safeties, and 8th overall. He’s a freak:
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But he’s not just a combine champion. He can play:
I know a lot of people say that the combine numbers don’t matter, but they do. Kid like this was only at UConn because coaches were asleep at the wheel. The combine is where you find the hidden gems. He’s the best athlete in the country and he can play football. The best defensive player in the NFL (Khalil Mack) was a combine freak from a small school too (Buffalo). Trust Turtleboy – he’s gonna be a star. He’s also 6’4″ which isn’t really an advantage as a safety, but the fact that he’s that big and still has that kind of ups makes him unique.
The Patriots don’t pick until #72, so unless something insane happens, we’ll have no shot at getting him. Plus, I’m pretty sure safety isn’t our biggest concern right now. But if we did have a pick that early, they might’ve actually used it on him instead of trading it for four third round picks in the 2020 draft. Because the Patriots are winners, and they know a winner when they see one. All these other schmuck teams will rue the day they passed on him, but one of them is about to get very lucky.
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