Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Projected Round: 2-3
5'9", 192 lbs
2014: 63 Tackles, 1 Tackle for Loss, 1 Forced Fumble, 2 INT, 11 Passes Defended
2013: 84 Tackles, 5 Tackles for Loss, 1 Forced Fumble, 3 INT, 9 Passes Defended
2012: 63 Tackles, 0 Tackles for Loss, 6 Forced Fumbles, 4 INT, 20 Passes Defended
2011: 34 Tackles, 0.5 Tackles for Loss, 0 Forced Fumbles, 0 INT, 8 Passes Defended
2014: Semifinalist for the LOTT IMPACT Trophy, Jim Thorpe Award, and Bednarick Award
2013: First Team All-American, First Team PAC-12, Semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Bednarick Award
2012: Third Team All-American, First Team PAC-12
Has a lot of experience against top competition and was a four-year starter at Oregon. Olomu has fluid hips which is one of the most important traits a cornerback needs to possess. He also boasts quick feet and does a nice job reading the eyes of the quarterback. Olomu is very quick, but scouts question his long speed.
While he is a smaller cornerback, Olomu plays aggresively in press coverage. His experience playing outside, in the slot, and in press offers teams versatility. He also has impressive ball skills and targets tracks well. The most impressive aspect of Olomu is how smooth he plays.
The biggest concern teams have with Olomu is the ACL tear he suffered in practice at the end of the season. While considered a physical player and a solid tackler, Olomu missed more tackles in 2014 than in any other season. At times, his technique needs to be improved but that can easily be adjusted in the NFL.
The other main weakness of Olomu is his slight frame. At only 5'9", Olomu will likely be relegated as a slot cornerback in the NFL. And with teams focusing on larger cornerbacks, Olomu could see his stock slip on draft day.
Considered one of the top cornerbacks in college football, Olomu would have likely been the first cornerback selected in last year's draft. But after surprisingly announcing a return to Oregon for his senior season, he was touted as the top cornerback in the 2015 NFL Draft until he tore his ACL late into the season. Because of the injury, his draft stock has dropped from the first round to anywhere between the second to fourth round.
While the knee injury is a serious concern, if he makes a full recovery, a team is getting a first round talent in a later round. What he lacks in size, he makes up for with experience, natural ability, and production. At the end of the day, Olomu is a playmaker that compares to Alterraun Verner and Brent Grimes.
Keep an eye on the matchup between Olomu (#14) and Saints 2014 first-round pick Brandin Cooks (#7).