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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's $3 million injury insurance policy was triggered when he wasn't taken on Day 2. reported that International Specialty Insurance projected Ekpre-Olomu as the No. 12 overall pick when they signed the policy with Oregon and the prospect. For falling out of Round 1, IEO was set to recoup a portion of that policy. When he tumbled out of Day 2, it guaranteed he'd get it all. Ekpre-Olomu, who tore his ACL last December, went No. 241 overall to the Browns. May 3 - 2:57 PM

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Browns selected Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu with the No. 241 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Ekpre-Olomu (5'9/192) was widely viewed as a first-round cornerback prospect before tearing his ACL last December. Many draft analysts now project him to safety. "IEO" finished his four-year college career with a ballhawking nine interceptions and eight forced fumbles. A rugged tackler with quick feet and a highly competitive playing mentality, Ekpre-Olomu's best NFL fit may be as a slot corner-slash-free safety in the Tyrann Mathieu mold. He may open his career on the reserve/PUP list, but projects as a future plus starter.
May 2 - 6:07 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that there's a "good possibility" Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu falls out of the first two rounds.

"While teams like his film and cover skills the knee he injured last December has sent up serious red flags," Pauline wrote. Ekpre-Olomu "would be in the conversation for top cornerback in the draft" if he were healthy, NFL Media analyst Charles Davis has written. Recently, an anonymous scout said Ekpre-Olomu was the best press corner in the draft.
Apr 29 - 12:27 AM

One scout believes Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is the best press corner in the draft.

"He can really cover," the same scout said. "Does almost everything well, plays press, can play off, good special teams guy. It's shame with the knee. Now, you don't know," another evaluator told Mark Eckel. We are surprised to read the praise for Ifo based on his 2014 games. Not to say he was bad, but 2013 (which also matters) appeared better to us.
Apr 21 - 10:23 AM

Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu "would be in the conversation for top cornerback in the draft" if he were healthy, believes NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

Ekpre-Olomu tore an ACL prior to the College Football Playoffs. "Now, he's not in the first-round conversation and I have him ranked as the No. 10 corner available," Davis wrote. "He might need a redshirt year as a rookie as he recovers from the injury, but he's such a good player. It will be interesting to see how early a team will be willing to draft him. At 5-foot-9, he's going to struggle against size at times, but he's an excellent tackler, even though he missed a few last season, and has great intangibles." Ekpre-Olomu told reports in February that doctors have told him his knee is healing ahead of schedule. We haven't heard from him since, though the NFL is likely to re-evaluate him in Indianapolis before the draft.
Apr 7 - 11:22 PM

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."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 22 - 12:18 AM

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