STRENGTHS: Competitive and alert. 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. While undersized, does not shy away from throwing his body around in run defense.
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. Ekpre-Olomu shows swivel hips, smooth footwork and explosive lower body skills to close in a hurry on the ball.
WEAKNESSES: He lacks prototype size and relies on vision, timing and hand-eye coordination rather than extraordinary speed or fluidity to shut down opponents. Can be easily tied up by blockers on the perimeter. Perhaps best suited to playing the nickel in the NFL.
--Dane Brugler/Rob Rang (9/5/14)
With opponents forced to try and keep up with the Ducks' high-octane offense, Oregon's defenders are often in position to make big plays - something that Ekpre-Olomu has proven quite adept at doing in earning consecutive First-Team All-Pac-12 honors the past two seasons.
He considered entering the 2014 NFL Draft before opting to return to the Ducks for another season.
Athletic, physical and instinctive, Ekpre-Olomu (full name is pronounced ee-fo eck-pray-olo-moo) is a turnover machine, registering 15 takeaways (seven interceptions, seven forced fumbles and one fumble recovery) entering the 2014 season.
08/04/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, Sr.,...Ekpre-Olomu, projected as a possible first-round NFL draft pick before returning to school, was a semifinalist last season for the Thorpe Award, which is presented to the nation's best defensive back. The award is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. A native of Chino Hills, Calif., Ekpre-Olomu had 84 tackles in 2013, with three interceptions and one forced fumble. The two-time all-Pac-12 selection is entering his third season as a full-time starter. - Oregon football