Photo of Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
Drafted By: Browns
Grade
5.55 ?

Draft Analysis:

Under no other circumstance should this player have fallen this far in the draft other than considerable concerns over the knee he shredded during the CFB playoffs. He's smaller than ideal to play on the perimeter but he's tough as nails and plays with an edge. He also possesses the range and ball skills to potentially move to safety in the NFL. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'9" Height
  • 30 7/8" Arm Length
  • 192LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

In 2014, was consensus All-American and first-team All-Pac-12. Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) finalist. Suffered season-ending knee injury in December during practice for Rose Bowl. Currently unable to work out for teams in preparation for draft. Selected first-team All-Pac-12 in both 2012 and 2013. Three-year high school letterman as running back and defensive back. Parents are from western delta region of Nigeria and his name means "something that fits you well."

Analysis

Strengths

Very fluid mover. He can transition like his hips are on a swivel and he has the foot quickness in tight spaces to match. Instinctive and alert. Will transition from man or zone coverage and become a willing tackler against crossing routes that enter his side of the field. Not a robotic defender -- adjusts on the fly as plays unfold. Uses the boundary effectively. Doesn't shy away from tackling. Competitive and won't prematurely open up out of fear. Tracks the ball effectively and has plus ball skills. Mentally tough and twitchy. Playmaking tendencies. Aggressive for size in press coverage. Has experience outside and in the slot. Projected as an NFL gunner on special teams.

Weaknesses

Suffered a severe knee injury after the regular season in preparation for the College Football Playoff semifinal vs. Florida State. Unorthodox defender who rarely relies on technique. Gets in trouble trying to bait throws. Spends too much time trying to read quarterback and jump routes. Scouting community down on short cornerbacks. Prefers to play trail technique but lacks length speed to recover when challenged over the top against bigger targets. Missed more tackles in 2014 than in any other season. Can get wild and lose technique as a tackler. Tape from 2014 has scouts questioning his long speed.

Draft Projection

Round 4

Sources Tell Us

"He's tough and has ball skills. He's just being asked to go play right now but he'll get the right technique work in our league and watch how good he becomes then. He's going to be great." -- AFC South area scout

NFL Comparison

Alterraun Verner

Bottom Line

Ekpre-Olomu's height and knee issue are likely to take him off the board as a first-round prospect for many defenses. However, what he lacks in measurables, he makes up for with production, natural ability and confidence. He might lack the size teams want from an outside cornerback, but he's more than capable of playing in the slot and playing press, off or zone effectively. Unfortunately for Ekpre-Olomu, the knee injury could hurt his draft stock.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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