Trade Alert: Seahawks trade picks 58(320), 102(92), and 210 (8.4) to Minnesota for pick 48(420), select Obi Melifonwu, Safety UConn
While it is not the usual MO of the Seahawks to move up the draft board, it is also not unheard of. Just last season, they traded the 58th and 124th pick to move up seven spots to nab defensive tackle Jarran Reed. A similar trade could be in the works, if Seattle wishes to take advantage of the strong draft class of 2017.
Obi Melifonwu has long been reported as a Seahawks target. The safety even told reporters that the team had met with him at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine. He is also coming to Seattle for a pre-Draft visit.
Melifonwu has been jetting up draft boards after his fantastic combine, which saw him run a 4.40 40 yard dash, with a 44 inch vertical jump (click here for full results). Some teams believe Melifonwu can play cornerback, and if the Seahawks think the same, he could be the team’s first round pick.
The first time I watched the tape, I was unimpressed with Melifonwu as anything more than a fourth round pick. He overran plays constantly, and appeared to give up on plays. After a closer look, it is easy to see the extreme upside of Melifonwu.
When Melifonwu squares up on ball carriers, he packs a powerful punch. His long arms and size aide in his coverage skills, which need to improve. He has a series of unique skills, something Pete Carroll and company covet from draftees and if he falls to the early-mid second round, expect Seattle to pounce.