Former Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu continues his road to recovery after suffering a torn ACL just weeks before the CFB Playoff National Championship game. While the three-time All-Pac-12 cornerback has missed opportunities to perform at the 2015 NFL Combine and Oregon’s Pro Day, his talents have not gone unnoticed and his stock continues to rise amongst NFL scouts and draft analysts.
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In particular, the Denver Broncos – who will return 2015 Pro Bowl cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib, as well as former Duck T.J. Ward at safety – may be looking at Ekpre-Olomu as a hidden gem in the second round.
In Gary Kubiak’s first year as head coach of the Broncos, the longtime Houston Texans head coach is well known for his nickel defense which allows safeties and cornerbacks to play a more dynamic role in the secondary.
Independent analyst, Andrew Mason, spoke of the All-American defensive back on Broncos TV:
If the Broncos look for a second-round cornerback, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu out of Oregon might be the best fit. “I think he’s a first round talent who has dropped to the second probably because of a torn ACL […]. One of the things I really like about him, is that he plays cornerback like a safety. You’ll see him sometimes almost bait the opposing quarterback into a throw, he’ll play back because he’s reading him, he’s reading his [opponent’s] eyes, he’s trying to gauge his [opponents] intent. And that’s not something you see from a lot of cornerbacks, especially coming out of college. That shows me his on-field intelligence is pretty high.”
Along with Ekpre-Olomu, the Broncos will be looking to bolster their offensive line. Former offensive linemen Jake Fisher and center Hroniss Grasu have appeared in mock drafts as potential first- and second-round selections, respectively.
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