Prospect: CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
Weight: 190 lbs.
Initial Grade: 7.2 D (Grading Scale)
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a consensus four star recruit coming out of high-school, played in all 14 games as a true freshman at Oregon in 2011. As a sophomore in 2012 he moved into a starting role and had a breakout season earning First Team All-Pac-12 honors. He tallied 63 tackles, 4 interceptions and a Pac-12 leading 20 passes defended. Equally impressive, Ekpre-Olomu forced 6 fumbles in 2012, which tied for 2nd most in the nation.
Ekpre-Olomu played with an injured hand in 2012 and recently had minor surgery on his shoulder. If he can stay healthy for the 2013 college football season then he should continue to ascend up draft boards.
Preseason Scouting Perceptions
Ekpre-Olomu is an aggressive corner that possesses great ball-hawking skills. He plays physical and excels in press-man coverage because of his ability to use his strength and hand placement to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. Ekpre-Olomu won’t wow anyone with his speed, but his timing and instincts are impressive.
Although Ekpre-Olomu has all the skills necessary to be a starting cornerback in the NFL, his height is a genuine concern. He can put the minds of scouts at ease by becoming an even better wrap-up tackler and showing improvement in off-man coverage during his junior campaign.
Initial Games Reviewed
- Washington State ’12
- USC ’12