CB IFO EKPRE-OLOMU, OREGON*

5’10” – 185 lbs. – 4.50e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2011: 34 – 0.5 – 0.0, 8 PD
2012: 63 – 0.0 – 0.0, 6 FF, 16 PD, 4 INT (1 TD)

OVERVIEW:

Appeared in a rotational role as a true freshman in 2011, playing in all fourteen games. Started thirteen games as a sophomore in 2012, earning first-team All-Pac 12 honors for his play.

STRENGTHS:

•    Contributed as a freshman, will have two years of starting experience.
•    Possesses adequate height and weight for a professional cornerback.
•    Overall speed, movement skills are solid, can run with most receivers.
•    At Oregon, has been asked to execute both man-and-zone coverages.
•    Possesses outstanding ball skills, with great timing and soft hands.
•    Feisty, confident player who’s not afraid to mix it up with receivers.
•    Impressive leaping ability helps compensate for adequate height.
•    Willing run supporter with an impressive closing burst on ballcarriers.
•    Does a nice job of taking on blocks despite his unimposing frame.
•    Forced six fumbles as a sophomore, impressive ability to strip the ball.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Combine measurements may be important to confirm his height.
•    Plays a conservative brand of zone coverage, surrenders short routes.
•    Commits a few too many penalties due to favoring physical coverage.
•    Occasionally vulnerable to deep throws, needs to get his head back faster.
•    Hasn’t been asked to do too much backpedaling at Oregon, even in man.
•    Physicality suggests an effective press corner, but doesn’t do it much.

SUMMARY:

Ekpre-Olomu isn’t one of the biggest cornerbacks in the draft, but he possesses adequate physical tools for an outside role at the pro level, and his overall physicality, competitiveness, and ball skills make him a player who should appeal to teams who run either man or zone coverages. At Oregon, is typically asked to assume zone responsibilities, but has plenty of experience in man as well. His aggressive temperament makes him a quality run defender, but he may have to limit his contact downfield in the NFL. Nonetheless, is a legitimate first-round prospect. Projects as a CB2. RD 1

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