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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu | Cornerback

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

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Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu "lived up to his reputation as a premier cover corner" on Saturday against Michigan State, writes's Bucky Brooks.
According to Brooks, IEO was "not to be outdone" in the shadow of star QB Marcus Mariota's stellar performance. "Ekpre-Olomu lived up to his reputation as a premier cover corner by blanketing receivers on the edge and coming up with an acrobatic interception that showcased his remarkable instincts, awareness and ball skills," Brooks wrote. Brooks' colleague Daniel Jeremiah reported earlier on Tuesday that scouts measured Ekpre-Olomu at 5-foot-9 1/4 when visiting Oregon's campus. We don't believe that should affect his first-round stock. Sep 9 - 10:14 PM

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Scouts measured Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu at 5'9 1/4" when visiting Oregon's campus, according to NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah.

TCU's Jason Verrett measured in very similarly last year and still went in the first-round, so do not write off the possibility immediately. Verrett played the catch point much bigger than his frame would indicate, and by all accounts Ifo does the same.
Sep 8 - 11:15 AM

Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu "is widely considered the top senior defensive NFL prospect by several in the scouting community," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He has many of the requisite skills to survive in both press and off-man, displaying quick diagnose skills, twitchy reaction time and the athleticism to break on the ball," Brugler wrote. "Ekpre-Olomu shows swivel hips, smooth footwork and explosive lower body skills to close in a hurry on the ball. He lacks ideal strength and build and can be easily tied up by blockers on the perimeter, but he doesn't shy from throwing his body around in run defense." IEO, of course, faces a pivotal matchup this weekend against Michigan State. "Ekpre-Olomu vs. Michigan State's Tony Lippett will be an outstanding match-up to study in this game," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 4 - 6:31 PM

Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is expected to return punts.

Ifo is listed as the top punt returner on the Ducks' two-deep, with redshirt senior receiver Keanon Lowe and redshirt freshman receiver Darren Carrington behind him. Many consider Ifo the top draft-eligible corner prospect in college football (don't sleep on Marcus Peters), so adding some return ability would not be the worst thing for his evaluation.
Source: Go Ducks
Aug 27 - 9:48 AM ranks Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu as the No. 8 player in college football.

"There aren't many corners in college who can create a Revis Island-like presence, but Ifo Ekpre-Olomu certainly does," the site noted. "He's fast enough to keep up with speedy wide receivers but his quickness and smarts are what make him an All-American. With quick hips and nice recovery speed, Ekpre-Olomu rarely gets caught out of position on double moves and can keep No. 1 receivers in check no matter how much they try to get away from him." IEO was listed on all seven panelists' top-20 player list. Nobody ranked him lower than No. 16 overall. "He's a little undersized but has excellent quickness and ball skills," said Daniel Jeremiah. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound prospect has earned consecutive First-Team All-Pac-12 honors. "The premier cover corner in college football displays a game that reminds some of Darrelle Revis," added Bucky Brooks.
Aug 23 - 10:57 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu would have been the first corner taken in the 2014 draft had he declared early.

Pauline grades Ekpre-Olomu as a preseason top-10 prospect. "After watching the film and talking to scouts the feeling is forty time/speed will be the only outstanding question on Ekpre-Olomu’s game," he wrote. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound IEO has earned consecutive First-Team All-Pac-12 honors the past two years and has the ability to be a shutdown corner at the next level.
Jul 27 - 9:30 PM named Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Nebraska DE Randy Gregory, and UCLA LB Myles Jack as the three preseason frontrunners for the Bednarik Award.

The honor is given annually to the nation's best defender. It features a stacked list of candidates this fall. The website calls Ekpre-Olomu the country's "most hyped corner," Jack the nation's "best-known linebacker," and predicts Gregory will post double-digit sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
Jul 19 - 5:54 PM

The Jim Thorpe Award released its 39 player watch list on Friday.

The honor is given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. Alabama’s Landon Collins, Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves and Ole Miss’ Cody Prewitt, all semifinalists for the award last year, were included. Five schools had two players named: Arkansas State, Boise State, Florida State, Michigan State and UCF. The award's three 2013 finalists -- winner Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State, Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State and Lamarcus Joyner of Florida State -- were all drafted in May.
Jul 11 - 6:38 PM's Bucky Brooks believes Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu "is as good as advertised as a shutdown corner."

"He is one of the most polished cover corners that I've evaluated since I started evaluating prospects 14 years ago," Brooks added, going on to note Ifo is a better "technician" than Patrick Peterson and Joe Haden were as prospects. In fact, Brooks made a comparison between Ifo and Darrelle Revis. We have heard rumblings that some in the Oregon program considered Terrance Mitchell a better corner than Ifo, but the latter is certainly receiving first-round buzz.
Jul 2 - 10:15 AM

Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu might be best suited for nickel work in the NFL.

"Athletic, physical and instinctive, Ekpre-Olomu is a turnover machine," wrote CBS Sports analyst Rob Rang. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound IEO has earned consecutive First-Team All-Pac-12 honors the past two years. "While competitive and alert, Ekpre-Olomu isn't necessarily the shoo-in first round prospect that his hype may lead one to believe," wrote Rang. "He lacks prototype size and relies on vision, timing and hand-eye coordination rather than extraordinary speed or fluidity to shut down opponents. He possesses broad shoulders and a well-built frame, overall and is sound in run-support, traits that could make him one of the country's best all-around cornerbacks but one perhaps best suited to playing the nickel in the NFL."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 8:15 PM

Oregon senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has "impressive tape," particularly of his performance locking down former Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks last year, according to Kevin Weidl of ESPN.

"Ekpre-Olomu is a clean mover and twitched up," Weidl wrote. "Love his aggressiveness. Hard edge setter vs run and attacks the ball." The analyst also lauded Ekpre-Olomu's high football IQ. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound corner has collected 7 interceptions and 36 breakups over the past two years, with 4 interceptions and 16 pass breakups coming in 2013. Barring disaster, he'll be a first-round pick in 2015.
Jun 19 - 12:34 PM's Bucky Brooks believes that senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is the "top defensive back in college football."

"Ekpre-Olomu is one of the few college corners adept at challenging receivers at the line or shadowing from off, while also displaying adequate physicality and toughness as a tackler. Given how difficult it is to find cover corners with complete games, it's easy to anoint Ekpre-Olomu as the top defensive back in college football," Brooks wrote. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound corner had 7 interceptions and 36 breakups over the past two years, with 4 interceptions and 16 pass breakups in 2013. The Ducks' prospect has great instincts and awareness on the field as well. Ekpre-Olomu is a physical corner who can run and is a solid tackler; his 84 tackles were second-most on the team last season. If Ekpre-Olomu continues to impress, he should be a lock to go in the first round of the 2015 draft.
Jun 4 - 12:29 PM

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich thought senior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu would declare for the 2014 NFL Draft.

"If I would have been forced to lay my chips somewhere," Helfrich said, "that's probably where I would have. It was a pleasant surprise." Ekpre-Olomu nearly did, and it almost sounds as though he wish he had. "I'm watching them from the sidelines knowing I could be doing the same thing," Ekpre-Olomu said, describing Oregon's pro day. "I mean, it was great cheering on my teammates, but at the same time, I thought about it, of course. Yeah, you always think about the what-ifs." Ekpre-Olomu will graduate next spring, and also become a first-round pick, if everything goes according to plan. Josh Norris slotted him No. 17 to the Steelers in his 2015 mock draft.
May 12 - 9:40 PM

Oregon junior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu reiterated Monday morning that he will return for his final season with the Ducks.

Some media outlets reported Ifo's heart was in Eugene, and the decision backs that up. With Oregon returning Marcus Mariota on offense and Ifo on defense, the team sustains a high level of talent on both sides of the ball. Some players have likely had a different response to mark Helfrich's coaching compared to Chip Kelly's, but these two top prospects point to sustained success.
Jan 6 - 1:47 PM

The Oregon football staff is "pretty confident" that junior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will stay in school rather than opt for the NFL, according to CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler.

Ifo's running mate, Terrance Mitchell, has already declared for the draft. Other reports state Ifo's "heart is in Eugene," but turning pro would obviously help him and his family financially. The junior is a physical corner on the edge in terms of run defense and shows solid movement skills.
Jan 6 - 9:26 AM