2015 NFL DRAFT

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 195 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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06/20/2014 - Oregon's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 3. CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Senior...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. 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) during this time.

While competitive and alert, Ekpre-Olomu isn't necessarily the shoo-in first round prospect that his hype may lead one to believe. 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

06/05/2014 - ROB RANG'S MAY 15, 2014 TOP 32 BIG BOARD: 17. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, 5-10, 185, Sr., Oregon: Instinctive, athletic and tough in run support, Ekpre-Olomu has stood out in the pass-heavy Pac-12 throughout his career. He doesn't have the frame scouts would prefer, but the tape doesn't lie. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/22/2014 - 2014 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon...has been selected one of 42 nominees for the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy. Now in its 11th year, the Lott IMPACT Trophy goes to the college football defensive player who has the biggest IMPACT on his team both on and off the field. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. - The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

01/06/2014 - Ekpre-Olomu will remain at Oregon for his senior season...Two-time all-conference cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will return to Oregon for his senior season, he said Monday, the first day of winter term at the university. Ekpre-Olomu joins quarterback Marcus Mariota and center Hroniss Grasu in passing up this year's NFL draft to play another season with the Ducks. The team did lose running back De'Anthony Thomas and cornerback Terrance Mitchell as early entries this month.

Ekpre-Olomu, a native of Chino Hills, Calif., was Oregon's second-leading tackler with 84 stops in 2013, and he added three interceptions to give him seven for his career. He earned first-team all-America status from ESPN and was a second-team all-America according to no less than four organizations, including the prestigious Walter Camp Football Foundation. "The two main factors related to my decision to return were my continued progression as a person and a player, and I felt Oregon was my best option to achieve those goals and improve my situation for next year," Ekpre-Olomu said Monday. "I should be able to finish my degree by next fall, possibly by the end of the summer. Football is only one phase of who I am; my degree will be forever. Secondly was my ability to make an impact and become a top (draft) pick, and I felt staying one more year would only help me." - Rob Moseley, GoDucks.com/Oregon football

01/06/2014 - Ekpre-Olomu will remain at Oregon for his senior season...Ekpre-Olomu will remain at Oregon for his senior season...Given Terrance Mitchell's early departure, the Ducks were at risk of losing their entire starting secondary from 2013, as safeties Brian Jackson and Avery Patterson were seniors. Instead, Ekpre-Olomu will anchor the group, bringing a streak of 27 consecutive starts into the 2014 opener, Aug. 30 at home against South Dakota. "His return, along with Marcus and Hroniss, sets the foundation for the leadership of this team," UO coach Mark Helfrich said. "That's on top of his exceptional abilities on the field, and the fact he's a great teammate." Ekpre-Olomu will enter his senior season with 30 career pass breakups, eighth all-time at Oregon, in stats going back to 1971. His seven interceptions are five shy of placing Ekpre-Olomu in the Ducks' career top 10. - Rob Moseley, GoDucks.com/Oregon football

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, 5-10 185, Jr., Chino Hills, CA...The Riverside, Calif., native's inclusion marks the fourth straight year an Oregon player has been chosen for the nation's oldest and most prestigious All-America team, which is selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 125 Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

An all-conference first-team choice by the Pac-12 coaches the past two seasons, Ekpre-Olomu ranks second on the Ducks in tackles (78) and interceptions (3) heading into UO's Alamo Bowl appearance against Texas on Dec. 30 in San Antonio. He was previously named second-team All-America by USA Today. Ekpre-Olomu follows return specialist Cliff Harris (2010), and running backs LaMichael James (2010, '11) and Kenjon Barner (2012), as Oregon's most recent Walter Camp All-America recipients. - Oregon football

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Jr., Oregon (2)...Ekpre-Olomu ranks second on the team in tackles (78) and interceptions (3) after the junior cornerback posted 12 unassisted tackles and one interception in Saturday's 36-35 win over Oregon State. - Oregon football

12/03/2013 - There were several impact performers in the "Civil War" on Friday, including quarterback Marcus Mariota and wide receiver Josh Huff on the Oregon offense. But it's Ducks junior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu who stood out the most for the entire 60 minutes, showing up time and time again when his team needed him. He finished with a team-best 12 tackles and four passes defended, adding an interception, his third of the season. Ekpre-Olomu has terrific hand-eye coordination, quick reflexes and explosive footwork to make plays against the pass and the run. If there is a better draft-eligible cornerback in the country, I have yet to see him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/01/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Ducks' Ifo Ekpre-Olomu stars in Civil War...The Oregon Ducks may be better known for offense but for the second year in a row it could be a defensive player who earns the highest grade from NFL scouts. Junior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu would have to give up a year of eligibility to be in contention for the honor of following up hybrid pass rusher Dion Jordan a year ago but against rival Oregon State Friday night, he showed the versatile skill-set talent evaluators are looking for at cornerback in today's NFL.

Ekpre-Olumu played a key role in the Ducks' keeping OSU's best player, wideout Brandin Cooks, out of the end zone in the Ducks' 36-35 victory in the 117th edition of The Civil War. Cooks, the nation's leading receiver with an average of 141.8 receiving yards per contest, was held to 110 on 10 catches, numbers which sound better on paper than they proved in this contest. At times, Ekpre-Olomu was asked to provide man to man coverage against Cooks, a dynamic athlete whose frame and game remind scouts of Seattle's Percy Harvin. Often, Oregon kept a safety back to keep OSU's star wideout from beating them vertically. This was the case when the Oregon cornerback ended the Beavers' first drive of the game with an interception in the end zone. The play came on 4th and 1 and on a play-action pass from quarterback Sean Mannion. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/01/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Ducks' Ifo Ekpre-Olomu stars in Civil War...The ability to create turnovers and play the run are critical to earn a high grade from NFL scouts but the most important skill for any cornerback, of course, is coverage ability. Expre-Olomu has fluid hips and light feet, which give him the ability to change directions quickly. He is an instinctive, alert defender who reads the quarterback and receiver well, often getting a break on the ball, as a result.

These traits helped Ekpre-Olomu break up four passes Friday night, including a potential touchdown early in the game and the Beavers' two-point conversion attempt with just 1:38 remaining in the game that would have given Oregon State a seven-point lead. Instead, Marcus Mariota led the Ducks on a game-winning touchdown drive moments later. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/01/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Ducks' Ifo Ekpre-Olomu stars in Civil War...Scouts are always appreciative of ball-hawking cornerbacks and Ekpre-Olomu has certainly shown the ball-skills to earn that designation with Friday night's theft his seventh over the past two seasons. While interceptions are nice, it is Ekpre-Olomu's physicality which stands out in comparison to most of the other highly regarded cornerbacks across the country. Ekpre-Olomu was unofficially credited with 14 tackles against the Beavers, consistently knocking back OSU ball-carriers with sound, physical hits. Many of his stops were due to his aggression in fighting through blocks and a testament to his recognition against quick screens and the run.

One particularly impressive tackle came midway through the third quarter with the Ducks clinging to a 24-20 lead. Mannion found running back Terron Ward on a quick dump-off pass on 3rd and eight from the Ducks' 11-yard line. Ward appeared to have an easy lane for the first down and perhaps a score. Instead, Ekpre-Olomu fought through a block to meet the back chest high, driving him out of bounds to set up 4th and one. Ward was stopped for a loss of one a play later, giving the Ducks back the ball and, just as importantly, momentum. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/11/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Stanford's Hogan, Yankey, Skov star vs. Oregon...There were few bright spots for the Ducks but one Oregon player who played well was cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. The junior was flagged early on for pass interference that negated what should have been his third interception of the season. Like most press-corners, Ekpre-Olomu gets a little grabby down the field but on this particular play, he and the Stanford receiver were in the midst of the normal hand play that accompanies most deep routes. The correct call, as is the case on too many plays officiated by the Pac-12, would have been no call.

The talented Oregon cornerback still made a big play in this contest. Just as Skov did for Oregon earlier, Ekpre-Olomu returned the favor to Stanford, forcing a fumble of Tyler Gaffney in the third quarter that could have given the Ducks momentum. Instead, Gaffney ripped the ball back with one arm, epitomizing Stanford's physical man-handling of the Ducks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu earned first-team, all-Pac-12 honors as a sophomore. He ranked second on the team with four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. He tied for second in the nation with six forced fumbled and tied for sixth in the country with 20 passes defended. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - TOP OREGON PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (5-10, 190, 4.52)*...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 proved quite adept at exploiting in his first season as a starter. Athletic, physical and instinctive, Ekpre-Olomu (full name is pronounced ee-fo eck-pray-olo-moo) registered a Pac-12-leading 20 passes defensed in 2012, including four interceptions. The former prep safety showed off his big-hitting ability last year, as well, tying for the league-lead with six forced fumbles.

While competitive and alert, Ekpre-Olomu is not an elite cover corner. He possesses enough athleticism to remain at the position in the NFL but relies on vision, timing and hand-eye coordination rather than extraordinary speed or fluidity to shut down opponents, demonstrating the ability to play off, press and zone coverage with the Ducks. Ekpre-Olomu possesses broad shoulders and a well-built frame overall and is sound in run-support, making him one of the better all-around cornerback prospects in the country. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/16/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon...Ekpre-Olomu led the Pac-12 Conference in passes defended in 2012 (20), tied for the league lead in forced fumbles (6) and was tied for fifth in interceptions (4). The first-team all-conference choice completed the year earning third-team All-America honors. - Oregon football

07/16/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, DB...Ekpre-Olomu, who was previously added to the watch list for the 2013 Bednarik Award, led the Pac-12 Conference in passes defended (20), tied for the league lead in forced fumbles (6) and was tied for fifth in interceptions (4) a year ago. Additionally, the Chino Hills, Calif., native was a first-team all-conference selection and garnered third team All-America honors. - Oregon football

07/16/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon...Ekpre-Olomu led the Pac-12 Conference in passes defended (20), tied for the league lead in forced fumbles (6) and was tied for fifth in interceptions (4) a year ago. Additionally, the Chino Hills, Calif., native was a first-team all-conference selection and garnered third team All-America honors. - Oregon football

 
 
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06/20/2014 - Oregon's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 3. CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Senior...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. 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) during this time.

While competitive and alert, Ekpre-Olomu isn't necessarily the shoo-in first round prospect that his hype may lead one to believe. 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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