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Patriots reportedly sign Raiders 2017 second-round pick Obi Melifonwu, which will improve depth at safety

Ryan Hannable
November 05, 2018 - 11:12 am

Hours after their 31-17 win over the Packers, the Patriots have added some depth to their defense.

According to multiple reports, the team has signed Raiders 2017 second-round pick Obi Melifonwu. The safety was released by Oakland on Oct. 23, as he's struggled to get on the field due to injuries. He worked out for the Patriots just over a week ago, so they have seen where he's at physically.

The Patriots will need to make a corresponding move to officially get him on the roster.

The UConn product is an athletic freak who blew many people away with his numbers at the 2017 NFL combine, which allowed him to rise up draft boards and ultimately be selected in the second round. Given his athletic ability, he can move all around the field depending on what kind of offense he's facing.

Melifonwu has played in just five career NFL games.

As it stands now, the Patriots have just Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon and Patrick Chung at safety, so this is a move not only to help the depth, but also get younger at the position.

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