Cleveland Browns draft Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in 7th round – ClevelandBrowns.com
The Cleveland Browns selected Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
The 241st pick was acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals, and the Browns may have found a diamond in the rough late in the draft.
Ekpre-Olomu was first-team All Pac-12 over the past two seasons, a consensus All-American in 2014 and semifinalist for three major college defensive back awards. He was a projected second-round pick before suffering a knee injury in December.
Though he’s just 5-foot-9, Ekpre-Olomu is considered physical and will throw his body around in the run game. He had nine career interceptions, eight forced fumbles and 48 passes defensed in four seasons with Oregon.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer said Cleveland views Ekpre-Olomu as a cornerback who has starter potential down the line.
“We felt like we were getting the right kind of guy that we knew had talent,” Farmer said. “He suffered an unfortunate injury. We are confident he will get healthy.
When you play defense at Oregon, other offenses have to try and create big plays to keep up with the fervent pace, and Ekpre-Olomu — time and time again — proved to keep the cap on the bottle when defending explosive Pac-12 wide receivers. Scouts around the league are quick to mention his competitive spirit and instincts as reasons why he could succeed in the NFL.
Ekpre-Olomu is a California native from Chino Hills High School.