Browns seventh-round pick Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, the cornerback from Oregon, revealed Wednesday that he suffered a dislocated knee in addition to the torn ACL that caused him to tumble in the draft, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
He acknowledged that if he had just torn the ACL in December, a team might’ve been taken a chance on him higher in the draft. As it was, he went No. 241 overall — 14 spots away from Mr. Irrelevant — and may have gone undrafted if the Browns hadn’t tabbed him with their 12th and final pick.
“Yeah, I think definitely teams were concerned and thinking that I wouldn’t be able to play or I wouldn’t be able to play at the level that I wanted to play,” he said on a conference call Wednesday. “But it really only takes one team and I’m excited to be playing for the Browns and I’m excited that they gave me the opportunity to prove (myself) and they have the faith in me that I’m going to be back to 100% and healthy.”
Ekpre-Olomu, projected as a first- or second-rounder before the injury, acknowledged that the dislocation means a longer rehab than the six to nine months for an ACL. Originally, he hoped to be back on the field by September, but his timetable is up in the air now. In fact, this could be a redshirt year for him, but the Browns knew that when they drafted him. He underwent surgery in late December.
“It’s definitely a longer rehab than just a regular ACL,” he said. “It all depends on the person. Some people are able to come back in seven months, some people are able to come back in 10 months. It really matters when the ligament scars in and …..the strength in going to be there, but at the same time it’s up to the doctor they have to feel 100% that the ligament is scarred in and over time it’s not going to wear out again.”