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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu | Cornerback

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

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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

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NFL.com 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.
Source: NFL.com
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

NFL.com'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.
Source: NFL.com
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

NFL.com'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.
Source: NFL.com
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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Oregon junior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu refutes a report stating he intends to stay at the school for another season.

This does not mean Ifo is declaring for the draft, rather he has yet to make a decision at this time. We were surprised by the initial report that the corner planned on staying in school for another year. He can certainly improve, but Ifo is a very talented prospect and could be a first-round selection. Expect to hear more after the school's bowl game against Texas.
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 11:14:00 AM

Oregon junior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is expected to bypass the NFL draft and return to campus next season.

He isn't leaving as much money on the table as Marcus Mariota, but Ekpre-Olomu is a very good prospect in his own right. Heading into the Alamo Bowl against Texas, he has collected 78 tackles, six passes broken up and three interceptions this season. Ekpre-Olomu was projected by most as a top-three cornerback and a first-round pick in May's draft.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 04:31:00 PM

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian said Oregon junior CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu "probably the best defensive player we've seen this season."

The Huskies haven't seen many defenses with top talent this season other than Stanford, but Ekpre-Olomu is a very good prospect. His game speaks for itself, as the junior is rarely targeting and shuts down many opposing receivers. He's one of the best prospects at his position in the country.
Mon, Oct 14, 2013 03:34:00 PM

Oregon junior CB Ifo Expre-Olomu has registered 11 tackles thus far this season.

The Ducks haven't been tested, giving up a total of 13 points in two contests, but expect to hear Ekpre-Olomu's name more often as Oregon faces off against better competition. He should line up opposite Colorado receiver Paul Richardson on October 5.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 10:31:00 AM