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Oakland Raiders shore up secondary with Obi Melionwu in second round

Raiders add to secondary, draft Obi Melifonwu in the second round

A day after selecting Gareon Conley in with the 24th-overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, general manager Reggie McKenzie shored up the secondary even more with their second round pick. 

The Raiders selected safety Obi Melifonwu with their 56th overall pick, helping build their secondary. Melifonwu joins cornerbacks Conley, Sean Smith and David Amerson to go along with young safety Karl Joseph, who the Raiders drafted 14th overall last year. 

Melifonwu has been considered an athletic freak and it showed up at February's combine testing. He's a four year starter that has the coverage skills to cover tight ends as a former cornerback. His athleticism gives him the ability to cover just about anyone, while also coming down and playing in the box as an extra linebacker if needed. 

The Raiders coaching staff will need to coach Melifonwu up to diagnose plays while taking the most efficient route to the ball or ball carrier. 


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