Imposing Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu is scheduled to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.
Melifonwu is regarded as a rising draft prospect who is expected to go in the first round and many teams like him at cornerback because of his 6-4, 224-pound size, 4.40 speed and fluid movement at drills in the NFL scouting combine.
He played cornerback in the prestigious Senior Bowl all-star game and did well.
He met with the AFC South champion Texans at the Senior Bowl along with 14 other teams.
At the NFL scouting combine, Melifonwu had formal meetings with the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts.
He had 44-inch vertical leap. Melifonwu also registered an 11-9 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.
Melifonwu's ascent as a draft prospect is reminiscent of Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones going in the first round after a strong workout circuit and playing at Connecticut.
He has a March 22 campus Pro Day workout at Connecticut that's expected to be widely attended by NFL personnel.
Melifonwu had 118 tackles last season and four interceptions. A four-year starter, Melifonwu had six interceptions over the past two seasons and cut down on his penalties.