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Oakland Raiders Select Obi Melifonwu In Second Round Of 2017 NFL Draft


The Oakland Raiders have selected Obi Melifonwu in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

2016:Was named first team All-American Athletic Conference and also earned All-ECAC and All-New England honors...started in all 12 games at safety...racked up a team-high 128 tackles and four interceptions...also had 2.0 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery...compiled seven double-digit tackle games...recorded a career-high and near UConn record 24 tackles vs. Tulane (Nov. 26)...Had a pair of interceptions vs. Temple (Nov. 4)...played in the 2017 Senior Bowl.

2015:Played in all 13 games and started 12 of them...has started 35 games over the past three seasons…was third on the team in tackles with 88 and also registered two tackles for a loss and two interceptions...had a career-high 13 tackles vs. Cincinnati (Oct. 24) and 12 vs. Navy (Sept. 26)...the interceptions came in a pair of wins -- vs. UCF (Oct. 10) and East Carolina (Oct. 30)...had nine tackles vs. Marshall in St. Petersburg Bowl (Dec. 26)... was second on the team with five pass break-ups.

2014:Started the first 11 games of the season at safety...placed fourth on the team with 75 tackles...added 3.5 tackles for loss and three pass breakups...recorded 10 tackles vs. Boise State (Sept. 13) and at Army (Nov. 8)...had five tackles, including one for loss, at USF (Sept. 19)...notched eight tackles with one for loss at Memphis (Nov. 29).

2013:Started all 12 games at free safety...finished second on the team with 70 tackles, adding 3.0 TFL, two forced fumbles and two interceptions...named a Freshman All-America Honorable Mention by the year with an 11-tackle, 1.5-TFL, INT performance against Towson (Aug. 29)...had seven tackles, one for loss, and a fumble recovery vs. No. 14 Michigan (Sept. 21)...had four tackles and an interception at Buffalo (Sept. 28)...recorded six tackles at No. 21 UCF (Oct. 26)...posted nine tackles at SMU (Nov. 16)...recorded six tackles and forced a fumble vs. Rutgers (Nov. 30)...ended the year with nine tackles and a forced fumble vs. Memphis (Dec. 7)...named to the 2013 American Athletic Conference All-Academic team.


High School:Played both running back and defensive back in high school ... rushed for 1,394 yards in senior year with 17 touchdowns ... made 14 tackles on defense and had three interceptions..also had ten two-point conversions ... named to the ESPN Boston All-State team ..rushed for 320 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Leichester in 2011..was also a long jumper and triple jumper on the track team.

Personal Profile:Henry William O. Melifonwu ... born April 5, 1994...a sociology major.

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