Other than reports that the Giants met with him, why do I have a gut feeling this is a guy high on the Giants board? Well, maybe because he's probably high on most teams' boards. But do the Giants really need another strong safety? Particularly since it might well take a #1 to grab him? Seems crazy, but I've got a nagging suspicion. Might they be thinking of playing him as a LB?
He's a huge DB and an athletic freak. And Obi sounds kinda like Osi, so you never know. ;-)
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Melifonwu, TJ Watt, and Antonio Garcia head my list of potential surprise picks at #23 (although Dave-Te would tell you Jordan "what you talkin' 'bout" Willis and Tyus Bowser from Sha Na Na).
I don't think of Melifonwu as a strong safety, I think of him as a "Back Seven" guy because he could probably play any one of those seven positions. That being said, the Marcuses (Williams and Maye) can fill a similar role and they can be had on Day Two. Josh Jones and Desmond King are two more in that vein and then there is Rasul Douglas and Jourdan Lewis.
The DB's are like buses this year! If you miss one, there'll be another one coming around the corner in just a bit.
One of the greatest weakness of the Giants Dover the last 10 years has been the ineffectiveness in stopping the TE's. Obi would make that deficiency disappear. At 6'4" 228 lbs 4.4 40, 44" vertical, 11'6" broad jump he can cover any TE one on one. A 3 safety tandem of Collins, Thompson, and Melifonwu, along with CB'S Jenkins, DRC and Apple would completely shut down any passing Offence.
Another thing to watch out for is that, if the Giants don't take him, they will have to face him for the next 5 years because the talk in Dallas is pairing him up with Byron Jones.
Could NYG consider Obi Melifonwu as a potential WLB?
i would love to draft this guy. I don't care if it's 23, he's Kam Chancellor with much much better athleticism.
it would take the wind out of Dallas' sail. I would think he's a guy they covet.
despite the measurables, he's a tough player to coach. Makes alot of mistakes.
in the first round anyway.
but if that Virginia game tape is any indication -- his coverage ability is suspect
I think the giants have a wish list and a short list (like every team).
Curious how short, and if certain players fall off the list do they simply go with best player available?
it. Edge rusher.
He can help out in so many different areas and situations.
I keep hearing they covet a "war daddy" edge rusher in first round. Media guys in Dallas covering Cowboys sound like they are leaning towards edge rusher. Harris or Taco high on their list of "war daddy" players.
Wtf does that even mean?
The Cowboys are so annoying.
unless the Giants want to take a year and beef him up to be a WILL.
If the Giants will draft a player when we have a pro bowler for the position already and then contemplate playing him out of position at a spot we clearly don't value. Does that make any sense? Do the Giants regularly do silly things like that.
If OO does not return we will need someone in the crazy name department. So I say yes.
you're our only hope.
this would be a good meme if I had any photoshop skills.
Jerry Jones nickname for edge rusher during a news conference he had in February when discussing his teams needs during free agency.Can't explain some of the things Jones says during news conferences. Cowboy fans are lucky that Stephen Jones has taken on more responsibility running the cowboys especially the draft.
....for days. I would love the pick. Reese love freaks and he is that. I feel that if Njoku is gone we will take Obi or a pass rusher (DE, SLB, or DT)
He and Collins might be interchangeable. This guy has great speed & range. He is tough to throw over the top on standing at 6-4. He has good ball skills from what I've read.
was thought of as a SS too
has great measurables in shorts doesn't mean he can cover anyone. Sounds like a Jerry Reese reach to me. we need football players, not projects, for 2017.
make the Giants defense unreal.
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|Obi is a tall, strong, smart defensive back who can cover and tackle in the open field. He is one of the more secure and form tackling safeties in this draft. He has the length and size to cover and the solid change of direction skills to play any one of the defensive backfield positions inside the red zone. Obi has leadership skills not only through his play on the field but also because of his character off the field. He has the size and athleticism to cover those big tight ends down the slot and with his ability to change direction will be able to cover your tall receivers in the red zone also. Obi has unique athletic talent for his size and surprising speed and with his long legs, long arms, will surprise most quarterbacks who think they can beat him when he is playing off the line as a single free safety. Obi is destined to become a pro bowl defensive player for the team that selects him.
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Would give us a super athletic DB group. Helps a lot with TE matchups that seem to hurt us every year.
As a player, I like Baker more. He can play slot corner and and any S spot. Doesnt' have the size but plays hard and fast. Anybody getting a Bob Sanders comp is a player to watch.
Guys like Earl Thomas have proven smaller players can be dynamic. That said the Giants have a 'type' and for them smaller isn't usually better...especially on defense.
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Bill in TN said:
| has great measurables in shorts doesn't mean he can cover anyone. Sounds like a Jerry Reese reach to me. we need football players, not projects, for 2017.
Have you read anything about him, or are you just going by people talking about his athletic ability?