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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu | Cornerback

Team: Oregon Ducks
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 185

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Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu told reports that doctors have told him his knee is healing ahead of schedule.
Even so, IEO in all likelihood won't be ready for the 2015 opener, much less summer camp. "I'm going to have to be determined to learn the playbook and make sure all those mental reps those guys are getting on the field, I have to make sure I'm getting a double amount because I'm not going to actually be on the field," he said. "You just have to work as hard as you can every day." Ekpre-Olomu, who tore an ACL prior to the College Football Playoffs, said his instincts and quickness are his biggest strengths on the field. "I'm a versatile player," Ekpre-Olomu said. "I was able to play nickel throughout my career at Oregon and it is going to help me in the long run because now the league runs through the slot receiver. If you can have a guy that can cover the slot and shut him down, it helps the team. And that's all you're looking forward to, trying to win games for the team." Feb 22 - 12:18 AM
Source: CBS Sports

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FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt still grades Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu as a first-round pick.

In fact, Klatt ranks Ekpre-Olomu as the No. 20 overall prospect on his Big Board. "Has to prove that he can come back from the knee injury that kept him out of the College Football Playoff, but he has solid skills as a cover corner," Klatt wrote. "Fluid mover down the field regardless of coverage." This ranking would have been no surprise at all before Ekpre-Olomu tore an ACL prior to the College Football Playoffs, but the corner's stock has unfortunately fallen in the industry since then. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke recently wrote that Ekpre-Olomu would probably land in the Round 3-4 range.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 22 - 7:12 PM

Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke writes that you should "plan on [Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu] landing in the Round 3-4 range despite the [ACL] injury."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Ekpre-Olomu tore an ACL in the weeks leading up to the College Football Playoffs, dropping his first-round stock to the mid-rounds. "Prior to that injury, he was among the top cornerback prospects this year, after opting to pass on the 2014 draft," Burke wrote. "He could be ready in time for the start of the 2015 season, however." IEO's size and speed were consistently questioned prior to the injury, it should be noted. You'll hear more of the same now.
Jan 13 - 7:31 PM

In a mock draft published before the news of Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's knee injury, ESPN's Todd McShay had the senior corner falling out of Round 1.

Ekpre-Olomu finished McShay's inaugural 2015 first-round mock draft as the No. 1 prospect available on the board. After sustaining what many believe to be a torn ACL, Ekpre-Olomu's stock is in for an unfortunate tumble. The 2014 First Team All-American and finalist for the Thorpe Award collected 63 tackles, two interceptions and 11 passes defended this season. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Ekpre-Olomu has been starting since his freshman campaign and leaves school with 40 career starts and 48 passes defended. McShay gives no reasoning for bypassing Ekpre-Olomu, though the senior's size and speed were consistently questioned prior to the injury.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 02:58:00 PM

Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's knee injury "puts his draft value in limbo," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

While we only know at this time that IEO suffered a "serious" knee injury in Tuesday's practice, media reports have speculated that he might have a torn ACL. Formerly CBS' No. 1 ranked senior corner, Ekpre-Olomu (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) will now likely miss the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine and all other pre-draft workouts. "Pre-draft injuries that keep prospects from working out can be significant for players who have questions to answer about speed and athletic traits," Brugler wrote. "Ekpre-Olomu falls in that category because although he has excellent cover skills, fluid hips and coordinated footwork, he lacks ideal straight-line speed that teams covet at the position. His size was also a question mark and scouts were eager to see the Ducks corner face some of college football's top receivers in the Senior Bowl."
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 12:31:00 PM

Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee) has a $3 million loss of value insurance policy.

Ekpre-Olomu suffered what the media is calling a "serious knee injury" during Tuesday's practice, though the specific nature of that injury has not yet been disclosed. We do know, however, that it has ruled him out for the rest of the season. The insurance policy was paid for by the University of Oregon. If the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Ekpre-Olomu slips in the draft due to the injury, he will start collecting money at the beginning of Round 2. If he falls past the beginning of Round 3, he would receive all $3 million.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:52:00 AM

Comcast Sportsnet reports that Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury, according to a team source.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Ekpre-Olomu has recorded 63 tackles and nine passes defended, including two interceptions this season. The Oregon prospect has started every game for Oregon, since taking over as a full-time starter as a freshman in 2011. In Ekpre-Olomu's absence, Oregon will start either senior cornerback Dior Mathis or redshirt freshman Chris Seisay.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 04:09:00 PM

Yahoo Sport's Rand Getlin reports that Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered a serious knee injury.

"Sources: Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu suffered what is believed to be a serious knee injury in practice yesterday. Concern it's a torn ACL," Getlin tweeted. It's unfortunate news for Ekpre-Olomu and the timing couldn't be any worse, as he was considered to be a top-tier cornerback in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 03:08:00 PM

Nickel packages will now be allowed in the 2015 Senior Bowl game.

Teams are still required to use 4-3 base defenses, however. Teams do practice in multiple looks, but when the game starts defenses were very limited. Some attendees will still be forced into positions they are not suited for, but that is inevitable and uncontrollable.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 11:52:00 AM

Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is "instinctive, athletic and tough in run support," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"His lack of ideal size is a concern when projecting to the next level as he has been targeted (and beaten) by bigger receivers in 2014," Brugler wrote. "Ekpre-Olomu's toughness, agility and instincts, however, could make him an ideal nickel corner. Given the frequency nickel corners play in today's NFL, that could still warrant a first round selection." The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Ekpre-Olomu is one of three finalists for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 10:47:00 PM

Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has been named one of three finalists for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award.

Ekpre-Olomu will accompany Alabama junior safety Landon Collins and Louisville junior Gerod Holliman as the final three with the chance to win the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive back in college football. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Ekpre-Olomu ranks second on the Ducks in pass breakups (7) and interceptions (2), and leads all current Ducks payers with 37 career pass breakups. The two-time first-team All-Pac 12 selection was also a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist last season.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 03:12:00 PM

Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

In many evaluators' eyes Ifo has struggled this season, giving up receptions over the top after squatting on routes or allowing separation from the slot. Still, his talent hasn't disappeared but perhaps settled. Some teams could view Ifo as a safety, however, he is currently listed as a corner.
Source: Senior Bowl
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 02:09:00 PM

The MMQB's Andy Staples ranks Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2015 class.

"Though NFL teams are looking for taller corners these days, Ekpre-Olomu plays bigger than his listed 5-10, 195-pound size," Staples writes. "He can jam receivers at the line and smother them once they recover." We believe Ifo is squatting on routes more often in the hopes of baiting his opponent. That has resulted in allowing downfield completions when receivers run past him in his boundary corner spot. He is also getting caught in trash and allowing separation when working in the slot.
Source: The MMQB
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 10:56:00 AM

Despite suffering a toe injury against Utah, Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu told reporters he will play versus Colorado.

Ifo hurt the big toe on his left foot in the first series against Utah. The corner dealt with a left foot injury earlier this season, but Ifo so the new ailment is unrelated. Oregon has an off week before facing the Buffaloes.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 10:34:00 AM

One NFL scout expressed his concern with Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu matching up against big-bodied WRs.

"The evaluator pointed to issues that showed up in the Washington State game in late September in which Ekpre-Olomu allowed three TDs and struggled playing the fade ball along the boundary," writes NFL media. Most importantly, the scout suggested Ifo might not make it as a boundary corner and his best role could be in the slot. Finally, the scout suggested Ifo might fit best in a base cover-2 defense.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 09:49:00 AM