Ifeatu Melifonwu

22-Year-Old CornerbackCB
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Despite the Lions having rising cornerbacks on the roster, it apparently was hard to resist adding Melifonwu when he fell to the third round of the draft this spring. Standing 6-3 with a 4.48 40 time, he has the look of a safety but performs well as a press corner. In Detroit, he'll initially slot in behind Jeff Okudah, Quinton Dunbar and Amani Oruwariye at outside cornerback, but Melifonwu looks like a better prospect than the latter two players, and it shouldn't be more than a year or two before he's starting with Okudah. However, you don't have to look further than Okudah to know that young corners may struggle early on, so expectations for Melifonwu should remain in check during his rookie season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $4.79 million contract with the Lions in July of 2021.
Activated for Week 15
CBDetroit Lions
December 19, 2021
Melifonwu (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Melifonwu missed the team's Week 14 loss to the Broncos, though he should be ready to retake the field Sunday against the Cardinals. He's managed to play in only three games this season due to a thigh injury, and has been limited primarily to a special teams role when active.
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Detroit LionsLions 2021 CB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Ifeatu Melifonwu's measurables compare to other cornerbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
205 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.48 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.36 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.01 sec
 
Vertical Jump
41.5 in
 
Broad Jump
134 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Hand Length
8.88 in
 
Arm Length
32.25 in
 
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Put on reserve/COVID-19 list
CBDetroit Lions
Undisclosed
December 11, 2021
Melifonwu was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.
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Activated from IR
CBDetroit Lions
November 29, 2021
Melifonwu (thigh) was activated from injured reserve Monday,
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Returns to practice Wednesday
CBDetroit Lions
Thigh
November 10, 2021
Melifonwu (thigh) was designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday.
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Lands on IR
CBDetroit Lions
Thigh
September 22, 2021
The Lions placed Melifonwu (thigh) on injured reserve Wednesday.
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Will miss notable time
CBDetroit Lions
Thigh
September 21, 2021
Melifonwu (thigh) is expected to be sidelined multiple weeks, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
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