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He won’t last until the third round. And anything about his brother is completely irrelevant to this topic. I’d love it if he was there for the Bills in the second. 

This. Putting him on a list with Jalen Ramsey because they have the same measurables when Jalen Ramsey had the best corner tape I have ever seen (he was my #1 overall player in that class) is ludicrou

A list made by combining a bunch of arbitrarily selected measurements.        His tape is just not good.    

As a player, I have him as a mid/late 2nd round grade. 


I think what needs to be considered though is:

1. Our staff seems to be VERY good at identifying undervalued secondary talent 

2. They also seem to be pretty solid at developing that talent

3. Meli is an absurdly different athlete

4. Per the tweet I posted, there appears to be a pretty dang good hit rate for big-bodied plus athletes at CB recently. 

 

None of that means he'll be a success. It's also probably not the pick that I would make, but if its where the staff chose to go, I could understand it. You're taking a phenomenal athlete and hoping you can mold him into a phenomenal football player -- something they've shown a solid propensity for doing. And again, you have close to, if not a full season of "onramp" for him to develop into the player you're hoping he can become before you really NEED him to perform.

 

Whatever you think of Obi, he was without question an incredibly impressive athlete as well. Add to that, the fact that the Raiders (who drafted Obi) have almost nothing to show for the drafts between 2015-2018, in fact it's almost a 100% bust rate, which to me, speaks as much, if not more to the organizational culture and inability to develop talent, than it does the specific players that are (or in this case, are not) developing.  

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6 hours ago, Mojo44 said:

OK, short and sweet here. It may be basic human nature but it’s not part of what an NFL scout does. It’s not a scout skill set. Any scout with a modicum of competence will not put the kibosh on a prospect because of what some other guy did or didn’t do. Don’t confuse the opinions and leanings of the man on the street with an NFL scout who has a job to do. So I actually do disagree quite strongly with the believe that an NFL team would not draft this person based on how they assess his overall skill level because of what his brother did.

 

Hey man, I decided to reach out to one of my guys who works as an NFL personnel guy. I don't ask a lot esp before the draft cause a lot of guys are tight lipped so I will not give up the team he works for or who he is but this was my exact transcript with him.

 

Me: What do you think of the Melifonwu kid from Syracuse, and would their be any hesitancy to draft him due to his brother flaming out despite his brother's great athletic traits

 

Him: Whats up brother, Just finished with meetings. I never watched him personally but I know we went over him a couple of months ago and he played his way into a draftable grade after his senior bowl performance. We talked about his brother and his involvement(i'm assuming he's his handler)but I dont think there would be any reservations about drafting him directly because of his brother's game.

 

The most interesting thing I took from that convo is that his team is not high on Melifonwu as they gave him a "draftable grade" meaning he is much lower than people think as a 1st or 2nd round pick at least in this one teams eyes.

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7 hours ago, H2o said:

Actually, it is relevant. They are both great athletes who were raw at the position coming out of college. That doesn't always translate to success, the fact you are a great athlete. I'd hate the pick in the 1st and be skeptical in the 2nd. If they use a 3rd or later then I'd be alright with that depending on who else was on the board at the time. 

 

Cool, so now we're applying the transitive property to brothers' ability to use physical gifts and harness them in the NFL. Someone should call Gronkowski's brothers and tell them they weren't supposed to suck.

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Put this in the Mock thread, but it obviously fits here since it is this player

 

A few things:

1.) Beane targets athleticism and size (intangibles), especially in RD1. He is an elite athlete with his size and mobility

https://relativeathleticscores.com/ras-information/?PlayerID=19410

2.) Beane does not draft older players, he is 21

3.) Beane drafts underclassman, he is a Jr (we have only drafted 1 Sr since Beane has been here)

4.) Beane likes physical players

5.) The top 3 CBs will be off the board and we are drafting at the end of RD1, which is basically an early 2nd round player. Unless we move up in RD1, the player we pick here will need a little time to grow and develop. Which leads me to my last thought:

6.) I think he could start off as a big nickel guy, he has the size and physicality, as he transitions to CB#2. He needs to get better with his anticipation and spacing as everyone has already mentioned, but that can easily be coached up. He is already great at looking into the back field, tackling runners, etc. 

 

Just kind of where I'm at right now.

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7 hours ago, glazeduck said:

I posted yesterday that I thought he'd probably be the next CB taken after Farley and Newsome... 

 

I don't have him on my board that high, but I do believe that Buffalo has the luxury of being able to take a guy they can develop through the season with the logic that we're probably looking at a 10 or 11 win season even if we're not drafting immediate difference makers... If those guys can be difference makers by the time the playoffs roll around, it's a risk well worth taking.


Meli is raw, but in super rare company when it comes to body type and movement. Not a lot of misses on that list...

 

 

 

 

A list made by combining a bunch of arbitrarily selected measurements.     

 

His tape is just not good.

 

 

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5 hours ago, BADOLBILZ said:

 

 

A list made by combining a bunch of arbitrarily selected measurements.     

 

His tape is just not good.

 

 

 

This. Putting him on a list with Jalen Ramsey because they have the same measurables when Jalen Ramsey had the best corner tape I have ever seen (he was my #1 overall player in that class) is ludicrous. 

 

Yes the Bills have taken athletes early in the draft.... they have never taken an athlete whose tape was as poor as Melifonwu's. 

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8 hours ago, ndirish1978 said:

 

Cool, so now we're applying the transitive property to brothers' ability to use physical gifts and harness them in the NFL. Someone should call Gronkowski's brothers and tell them they weren't supposed to suck.

The brothers people keep mentioning were clearly different from one another. These two play the same position, have darn near identical athletic traits, and both were still raw coming out of college. The moral of the story is just because you are a great athlete doesn't mean you will be a successful NFL player. I don't care for Melifonwu as a player that much. And yes, watching him play makes me think of his supremely athletic brother who flamed out. I'd rather have Paulson Adebo (1st choice) or Benjamin St-Juste (2nd choice) in the 3rd or so if we can't get one of the top 3 guys. 

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16 hours ago, Mojo44 said:

No, it is irrelevant because their individual players with different skill sets and different mentalities. Here’s one example of many in the history of sports. Tommy Aaron was a decent major league ball player. His brother was Hank. And remember, the bills second round pick is essentially a high third round pick. So I guess we agree to disagree on how good this guy can be. I like him a lot. And, full disclosure here, it’s been many years since I made an effort to be knowledgeable about college players coming out of the draft. But, as a Syracuse fan living in the area, I got to see him quite a bit. His growth has been remarkable since he has been playing. 

My guess is that Marquise Goodwin matches that list of measurables from the initial post.  Should we draft him again but as a corner this time?  
 

If you don’t like comparing him with his brother, how about comparing him with prior athletes whose numbers were good but their tape sucked?  Got a list of NFL successes that fit that profile?  I remember when we were supposed to take that QB from Syracuse at 8.  I can’t even remember his name but the Giants took him.  This isn’t quite that bad but it’s close.

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9 hours ago, BADOLBILZ said:

 

 

A list made by combining a bunch of arbitrarily selected measurements.     

 

His tape is just not good.

 

 


There might be certain positions where you can take an athlete with poor instincts and mold them - TE, defensive line come to mind.

 

Corner is not one of them.

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It looks like everyone at 30 is some kind of project

 

A 2 year LB

 

A DE with no sacks despite being "a superior athlete"

 

A long and lanky DB with a brother who busted.

 

Maybe they should trade all all the picks this year for picks next year ;)

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52 minutes ago, 4merper4mer said:

I remember when we were supposed to take that QB from Syracuse at 8.  I can’t even remember his name but the Giants took him.  This isn’t quite that bad but it’s close.

 

Ryan Nassib. 

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1 hour ago, 4merper4mer said:

My guess is that Marquise Goodwin matches that list of measurables from the initial post.  Should we draft him again but as a corner this time?  
 

If you don’t like comparing him with his brother, how about comparing him with prior athletes whose numbers were good but their tape sucked?  Got a list of NFL successes that fit that profile?  I remember when we were supposed to take that QB from Syracuse at 8.  I can’t even remember his name but the Giants took him.  This isn’t quite that bad but it’s close.

Please read my subsequent post to the one you quoted. With respect, which you said here has no logic. Is measurable’s are quite good and his tape was also very good. If a scout gives him a second round grade they’re not going to knock that down because his brother didn’t pan out even if he had similar measurable‘s. There is simply no predictive value in that kind of illogic.  Frankly, I have no clue why you mention Goodwin Or Nassib which is even more irrelevant to the topic. Let me just state again as basically as I can: an NFL scout will not put the kibosh on a player because of what some other player did or didn’t do.

 

A player is a evaluated  on his own merits and nothing more

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6 hours ago, GunnerBill said:

 

This. Putting him on a list with Jalen Ramsey because they have the same measurables when Jalen Ramsey had the best corner tape I have ever seen (he was my #1 overall player in that class) is ludicrous. 

 

Yes the Bills have taken athletes early in the draft.... they have never taken an athlete whose tape was as poor as Melifonwu's. 

Agree dont just put him with another guy cause same measurables.  But while I havent seen much tape; he looked good in the UNC game and ok at senior bowl drills.  Where do yall find tape?  I am stuck with Youtube cut ups. 

 

Sorta surprised with as much business as the draft drives that NCAAF doesnt sell All-22 tape access.  

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I’m no evaluator, nor did I watch him much this year, but he looks fluid, especially for his size and appears to have a pretty good ability to diagnose what’s happening and react quickly.  Physically, he’s awesome, so that’s no problem.  He really looks like he could be an exceptional free safety.  The one thing I do see a lot is he is playing way off the line, which will be used against you in the NFL, not sure if he needs the time/space to see what’s happening or it was a scheme thing.    I could definitely see taking a shot on him, he has elite traits, what that translates to is the big question.  I will say, if McClappy sees something in him, I’d trust it. 

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6 hours ago, GunnerBill said:

 

This. Putting him on a list with Jalen Ramsey because they have the same measurables when Jalen Ramsey had the best corner tape I have ever seen (he was my #1 overall player in that class) is ludicrous. 

 

Yes the Bills have taken athletes early in the draft.... they have never taken an athlete whose tape was as poor as Melifonwu's. 

It's kinda fascinating to see people arriving at polar opposite conclusions with his tape. Usually the tape guys seem to lock on to the same players each year. Iffy seems to be very polarizing with people like yourself and others saying his tape is flat out bad while others like Cover1 love his tape.

 

I personally haven't watched his tape but I did watch a lot of Syracuse games in the moment as I always do and he always looked like a good, not great, prospect to me.

3 minutes ago, YattaOkasan said:

Agree dont just put him with another guy cause same measurables.  But while I havent seen much tape; he looked good in the UNC game and ok at senior bowl drills.  Where do yall find tape?  I am stuck with Youtube cut ups. 

 

Sorta surprised with as much business as the draft drives that NCAAF doesnt sell All-22 tape access.  

I'm not sure how it works with the NFL; I imagine the league itself films the games from the All-22 angle but not sure. College tape is filmed by each school individually and then sent around to other schools for scouting purposes. So I think it's just tougher for them to figure out a way to monetize it since it's so decentralized compared to how I imagine the NFL does it.

 

Having said that, some people are able to use sources to get their hands on All-22 college film and then trade it with others for games that they want. Some people pay others for it. I spoke with one of my favorite film guys on Twitter about it and he said he paid $350 for access to a google drive of film. I was able to find a guy that I could pay $5 a month for it so I ended up paying for two months to get my QB scouting in and then I'm out.

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6 minutes ago, DCOrange said:

It's kinda fascinating to see people arriving at polar opposite conclusions with his tape. Usually the tape guys seem to lock on to the same players each year. Iffy seems to be very polarizing with people like yourself and others saying his tape is flat out bad while others like Cover1 love his tape.

 

I personally haven't watched his tape but I did watch a lot of Syracuse games in the moment as I always do and he always looked like a good, not great, prospect to me.

I have heard tape is super hard to find this year which makes some sense.  Re: my UNC comments I have heard he thinks that some of his best tape so there could be that.  

 

This year will probably have a few more surprises in the draft.  However, I think we will see a LOT more late round draft picks be contributors because they werent able to be properly evaluated.  

6 minutes ago, DCOrange said:

It's kinda fascinating to see people arriving at polar opposite conclusions with his tape. Usually the tape guys seem to lock on to the same players each year. Iffy seems to be very polarizing with people like yourself and others saying his tape is flat out bad while others like Cover1 love his tape.

 

I personally haven't watched his tape but I did watch a lot of Syracuse games in the moment as I always do and he always looked like a good, not great, prospect to me.

I'm not sure how it works with the NFL; I imagine the league itself films the games from the All-22 angle but not sure. College tape is filmed by each school individually and then sent around to other schools for scouting purposes. So I think it's just tougher for them to figure out a way to monetize it since it's so decentralized compared to how I imagine the NFL does it.

 

Having said that, some people are able to use sources to get their hands on All-22 college film and then trade it with others for games that they want. Some people pay others for it. I spoke with one of my favorite film guys on Twitter about it and he said he paid $350 for access to a google drive of film. I was able to find a guy that I could pay $5 a month for it so I ended up paying for two months to get my QB scouting in and then I'm out.

So NFL def has All22 for sale.  Its how Erik Turner does his breakdowns (he has gotten in trouble for publishing though).  

 

College sounds like a black market.  Awesome.  When they have to start paying players theyll probably figure this out as a revenue generator.

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11 hours ago, BADOLBILZ said:

 

 

A list made by combining a bunch of arbitrarily selected measurements.     

 

His tape is just not good.

 

 

No arguments here. Like I said he wouldn't be my pick, more ore less just see the thought process of leveraging our ability to coach DBs up...

 

Also just thought it'd be an interesting discussion (which it has been)... 15 days can't go by soon enough! LOL 

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