1. Obi Melifonwu
After putting up some insane combine numbers during the draft process, Obi Melifonwu was selected in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft by the Oakland Raiders. Since then, he has been a huge bust. He spent a lot of time on Injured Reserve for the Oakland Raiders, then was eventually released, only playing in two games for the franchise.
Bill Belichick gave Obi a second chance and brought him to New England, and that didn’t jumpstart his career either. He was released by the New England Patriots this past offseason, and is again looking for a home.
Obi Melifonwu is an athletic freak. Standing at 6’4 and 225lbs, he was able to run a 4.4 second 40-yard dash, along with putting up an 11-foot-9-inch broad jump. Great athletes don’t always make great football players, but if the Browns are confident in their coaching staff, they should at least give Obi a shot.
His type of athleticism is something that you have to at least try to turn around yourself. The Browns lose nothing signing Obi to a one year, minimum salary contract. He is the definition of a low risk, high reward signing.
It’s just very unlikely that he pans out. At this point in the season though, the franchise could roll with Sheldrick Redwine or Andrew Sendejo as the starting free safety, and try to further develop Obi Melifonwu.