CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
College Career: Played all four years for the Ducks. Three-time first-team All-Pac 12 (2012-14). 2014 All-American. Suffered a knee injury in practice leading up to the College Football Playoff, but was very durable throughout his college career up to that point.
Strengths: Turnover machine with great ball skills. Forced 18 takeaways (nine interceptions) during his college career. Very fluid in his movements with a quick twitch to react to the football. Despite smaller size, he’s very physical and not afraid to mix it up in run-defense. Can play both press and off-man coverage.
Weaknesses: Lack of height will turn off some teams. The knee injury will turn off even more. Speed was already a bit of a concern before the injury and he won’t be able to workout for teams before the draft. Technique needs work, as he’s guilty of freelancing at times.
Bears Outlook: I’ve been high on Ekpre-Olomu for a few years now. In fact, I thought he was a first-round pick had he come out a year ago. Unfortunately, the knee injury is going to cost him a bunch of money as he’ll almost certainly fall to the second round and maybe even further. That said, I still believe Ekpre-Olomu projects as an outstanding slot corner at the next level. I wouldn’t have a problem with the Bears taking him 39th overall, but there’s a chance he’ll still be sitting there in the third round. If that’s the case, Ekpre-Olomu would be providing great value to the team that drafts him.