Obi Melifonwu Interview | UCONN Huskies Safety

DraftSeason: Obi, you raised a lot of eye brows during your week at Mobile for the Senior Bowl, what did you take away from your time with some of the best in the nation?
Obi Melifonwu: One thing I took away from my time with some of the best in the nation, was that we are all trying to reach our dreams that we set forth as little kids. I also took away the fact that this game teaches you to grow not only on the field, but off the field and the relationships you build playing this sport are like no other.

DraftSeason: There plenty of solid safeties in this years class, what do you feel sets you apart from the rest of the bunch?
Obi Melifonwu: I think my versatility sets me apart. Rarely do you see a player that is 6’4″ 219 that can move the way I do. That has great change of direction, that can come to balance and that has a good fluidity in and out of breaks. I stand alone in the fact that I can cover slots as well as line up an okay corner. I can also play in the post as a safety and come down for run support.

DraftSeason: You were a 4 year starter at UConn, what has been your best moment on the field?
Obi Melifonwu: I think two best moments one came in my last game, when I tied the record for most tackles in a single game by a UConn football player with 24. The second one came when we played Houston in 2015 and handed them there only loss of the season.

DraftSeason: What are you plans in the coming months until draft day?
Obi Melifonwu: I plan on working out and making sure my body is at top physical, mental and emotional condition.

DraftSeason: Best offensive player you have played against?
Obi Melifonwu: I would have two go with three. Justin Hardy from ECU, Zay Jones from ECU, and Amba Etta-Tawo from Syracuse

DraftSeason: What are you most looking forward to showcasing at the upcoming combine?
Obi Melifonwu: Everything, I want people to know that I am in a category of my own with my size weight and speed.

DraftSeason: Greatest passion off the field?
Obi Melifonwu: I am a huge family guy and I would do anything for them. My second biggest passion is giving back to people. I think everybody deserves to be treated with kindness and respect, and with that being said I just want to leave a legacy beyond me.

DraftSeason: Using 1 word how would you sum up your style of play?
Obi Melifonwu: Unparalleled

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