Cary Edmondson

Miami Dolphins Potential Steal: Ekpre-Olomu

The Miami Dolphins may have gotten a steal by picking up DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

Former Oregon Ducks duck star Ifo Ekpre-Olomu who’s parents are from western delta region of Nigeria and his name means "something that fits you well" has experience his fair share of highs and lows during his brief NFL career. From having football stardom in 2014 to having his football dreams all but shattered the same year, Ekpre-Olumu (full name is pronounced ee-fo eck-pray- olo-moo) has been a battle ram and will hopefully have a bounce-back season after doctors cleared him to play and participate in the Miami Dolphins OTA’s. Once considered a 1st round pick in 2015, Ekpre-Olomu sustained a knee injury which ended his season prior to the 2015 Rose Bowl.

A consensus All-American and first- team All-Pac- 12, Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) finalist Ifo Ekpre-Olumu has played with a level of consistency since his freshman year. As a true freshman in 2011, Ekpre-Olomu played in all 14 games while recording 34 tackles for the Ducks.

In 2012 it was much of the same as he amassed 20 passes defended, four interceptions, including a 54-yard interception return for his first collegiate touchdown against Arizona. He also had six forced fumbles and 63 tackles. Junior year 2013 he was still consistent with 84 total tackles, three interceptions, and six pass defended. 2014, Ifo Ekpre-Olumu had teams scared to throw his way until a devastating injury took him out, but he still amassed 63 tackles and two interceptions. The 2014 season featured #3 Oregon vs. #7 Michigan State in a highly anticipated game considered to be the best non-conference match-up of the season. Oregon's win over #7 Michigan State was sealed after a game-changing interception by Ekpre-Olomu.

Later in the year, Ekpre-Olomu sustained a knee injury which ended his season prior to the 2015 Rose Bowl, in which Oregon received the second seed for the new College Football Playoff. Phil Steele called Ekpre-Olomu the best cornerback in the NCAA. NFL draft expert Mel Kiper, Jr. of ESPN rated Ekpre-Olomu as the top senior cornerback available in the 2015 NFL draft.

Ekpre-Olomu underwent two major reconstructive surgeries, with his ACL reconstruction being much more extensive than the rest. 2015 draft day came and had Ifo Ekpre Olomu projected, despite his injury, a fourth round draft pick. He wasn’t selected until the last round by the Cleveland browns. It wasn’t all bad for him though, an insurance policy taken out by his family through the NCAA's exceptional student-athlete disability insurance program paid him $3 million. He was later cut by the Cleveland Browns and on April 5, 2016, Ekpre-Olomu was claimed off of waivers by the Miami Dolphins. I truly believe if Ifo Ekpre-Olomu comes back to his college form then the Miami Dolphins have once again hit the off season lottery.


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