Raiders reportedly waive 2017 second-round pick Obi Melifonwu

By Vincent Frank

The Oakland Raiders are not messing around under the leadership of first-year head coach Jon Gruden. Having already added nearly two dozen veteran free agents this past offseason, Oakland is now moving on from a recent top pick.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Raiders have waived 2017 second-round selection, safety Obi Melifonwu.

The injury-plagued former Connecticut standout has been dealing with lower-body issues over the past several months. This move comes with an injury designation, which could help save the Raiders some cash down the road.

Selected No. 56 overall, Melifonwu played in a grand total of five games as a member of the Raiders. He was picked over the likes of more notable youngsters such as Zach Cunningham, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ahkello Witherspoon and Alvin Kamara last year.

Needless to say, Oakland isn’t afraid to admit the mistakes it has made in the recent past. It’s an intriguing situation to look at, especially given that general manager Reggie McKenzie saw most of his power stripped from him once Oakland hired Gruden.