4/24/21: If Melifonwu’s name probably sounds familiar, it is because his older brother Obi Melifonwu was a second-round pick of the Raiders in the 2017 NFL Draft. Ifeatu Melifonwu had a solid 2020 season, recording 55 tackles with one sack, one interception and eight passes defended. It was a big jump from his previous seasons of play, but his 2020 season was good enough to earn him a Senior Bowl invitation.
Like his brother, Melinfonwu has a good skill set but is not a natural player. Obi Melifonwu was a bust in the NFL in part because of bad influences, so it will be interesting to see if his younger brother can avoid those mistakes.