The club took the versatile safety No. 56 overall, adding him to first-round CB Gareon Conley for a big boost to the Raiders secondary. Melifonwu (6-foot-4, 224 pounds) ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at the combine in Indianapolis, an outstanding time for a player his size. He also turned in a 44-inch vertical jump and an 11-9 broad jump. Both marks were the best of any player in Indianapolis.
NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock said some NFL clubs regard Melifonwu as having potential at cornerback, as well.
Melifonwu was a tackle machine in the Huskies defense last year, amassing 118 stops to lead the team by a wide margin. He recorded a team-high four interceptions, as well.