Raiders Agree to Terms with Second-Round Pick Safety Obi Melifonwu

The Raiders have one of their top two picks ready to go for training camp, as earlier on Wednesday the team came to a deal with second-round safety Obi Melifonwu.

Now all they have to do is get first-round cornerback Gareon Conley under contract, and they will have all their picks inked and ready to roll.

Melifonwu’s agent Sean Stellato passed along word on Wednesday that his client has agreed to terms with the Raiders on a four-year contract and the Raiders announced it a short time later. Melifonwu was the only player drafted after the first round without a contract and his signing leaves Conley and two other first-rounders — 49ers defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and Titans wide receiver Corey Davis — as the only 2017 picks without deals.

Melifonwu started 47 games at the University of Connecticut and, like Cowboys safety and fellow Huskie Byron Jones, turned in a stellar performance at the combine. He’ll join Karl Joseph and Reggie Nelson at safety in Oakland and his athleticism could lead to early playing time as a rookie.


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