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Watch: Detroit Lions CB Ifeatu Melifonwu’s college highlights

The Lions get another rangy athlete at corner.

Reese’s Senior Bowl Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu may have been the first non-lineman selected by the Detroit Lions in the 2021 NFL draft, but he matched the team's theme of drafting elite athletes: checking in with a 9.70 RAS score.

“I remember when scouting his brother years ago,” Lions general manager Brad Holmes said, “and he’s got the same physical specimen traits for a big, long corner that from the outside it looks like he’s just a press corner, but he’s actually not. How Iffy grew on me in the process is his ability to actually play in off-coverage and actually be able to maneuver, show quickness in a short area, in zone and off-coverage, which usually guys that long and that big aren’t able to do.”

While Melifonwu is still developing as a player, he had some very impressive intangibles that could get him on the field this season. But instead of waiting that long to see what he’s got, let’s take a look at some of his career highlights, starting off with the video produced by the Lions:

Quick clips

Senior Bowl

Game cut-ups, breakdowns


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