The Oakland Raiders selected Obi Melifonwu, a safety out of UConn, with the No. 56 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. As with any second rounder, the team expected him to be a pretty big contributor.
Instead, his tenure ends after just five games.
Injuries plagued Melifonwu's entire tenure as a Raider. He went on injured reserve on Sept. 5 last year, right at the start of his rookie campaign.
Melifonwu returned to play in five games, including one start. He finished with seven total tackles on the year.
On Dec. 15, Melifonwu went back on injured reserve after having season-ending hip surgery.
Obi Melifonwu was injured once again during training camp, and today, the Raiders waived/injured the second-year safety.
The move was made in conjunction with the team signing veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says that, along with the injury issues, the team was concerned with his "love" for football.
Jon Gruden has not been afraid to make his mark on the Raiders' roster, upon his return to the NFL after a decade away. Melifonwu was not able to contribute much due to injury, but giving up on a second-rounder after just a year still makes headlines.