Ifeatu Melifonwu

Ifeatu Melifonwu

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Updated On January 20, 2022

Ifeatu Melifonwu is an American football cornerback for the National Football League’s Detroit Lions. The Syracuse Orange of Syracuse University recruited Ifeatu Melifonwu in the third round (pick 101st).

Early Life

Melifonwu was born on May 2, 1999, in Grafton, Massachusetts. Likewise, he is 22 years old. He is of Afro-American ethnicity and holds an American nationality.

Professional Life

Despite being projected as a first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions chose Melifonwu in the third round. Similarly, within four years after his brother, Obi Melifonwu, was selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.

After missing the first two years of his college career due to a hamstring injury, the Grafton native played in every game for the Syracuse Orange (2019-2020 season). He spent the bulk of his pre-draft training in Tampa, Florida, with Yo Murphy, at the same facility where DeVonta Smith, the Heisman Trophy winner, trained.

Ifeatu Melifonwu at a match (Source:
Pride Of Detroit)

Melifonwu had three interceptions, 88 tackles, five for loss, one sack, 19 passes defended, and broke 23 passes in three seasons of college football. He had 55 tackles, three for loss, ten blocked passes, and an interception in the season prior to 2021.

He was a member of the Grafton Memorial Senior High School football team in Massachusetts. His length, strength, athleticism, and ability set make him a standout cornerback or safety.

Net worth

Melifonwu’s net worth is still a mystery for someone who is just about to embark on his dream trip. Some may argue that he couldn’t have made that much money during his college career, but several studies have shown that athletes do receive some kind of compensation.

Players with five stars has estimated to earn an average of $650,000 per year during their college careers. In conclusion, researchers came to this conclusion after accounting for all of the wins and bowl appearances that players like Melifonwu carry to their teams.

Should the Detroit Lions formally sign him, his new contract with the team could be worth about $1 million, assuming the usual payout for a third-round pick?

Relationship Status

The 6-foot-2 cornerbacks seem to be unconcerned about love. As a result, the 22-year-old NFL rookie has been noticeably absent from the dating scene, based on his social media accounts.

The punishing tackler has been open with his fans about his life on and off the field, and he doesn’t seem to be the kind to keep his love life hidden. Given that he seems to be single right now, it’s unlikely he’s dating anyone.

Body measurements and Social media

He stands a height of 1.9 m tall. Likewise, he weighs around 97kg.

He is active on Instagram as well as Twitter. His Instagram account with the username @ifeatu_mel has garnered more than 17.4k followers. Likewise, his Twitter account @Ifeatu_Mel has over 7.5k followers.


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