EUGENE, Ore.– Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is staying in Eugene for one more season. The junior cornerback announced on Monday that he will not declare for the 2014 NFL Draft, according to Oregon’s athletic website.
“The two main factors related to my decision to return were my continued progression as a person and a player,” Ekpre-Olomu said in a statement to GoDucks.com, “and I felt Oregon was my best option to achieve those goals and improve my situation for next year.”
Ekpre-Olomu was widely regarded as a consensus first-round draft pick, with some mock drafts having the Oregon cornerback as high as 14th overall.
Rob Rang, senior NFL Draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com and CSBSports.com, told KEZI 9 Sports that Ekpre-Olomu is “one of the most NFL-ready cornerbacks in the country,” so his decision comes as a bit of a surprise.
Ekpre-Olomu joins quarterback Marcus Mariota and offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu as players who will forgo the draft and return to Oregon in 2014.