Even though he was a 7th round pick in 2015, fans and coaches are very excited about the potential that Ekpre-Olomu had. He was billed as having "first-round potential" before suffering a brutal tandem of injuries: a torn ACL and a dislocated knee. The Browns knew about those injuries when they drafted him, and that he'd be shelved for his entire rookie season. It's been a long time since we've heard any updates on his health, but Monday morning, he posted some optimistic news to his Instagram account:
"Thank you lord for an amazing life and even more for the amazing people around me. Although this past year has had many ups and downs, I'm finally close to the point I want to be. Now it's time to get better as a player and person. A lot of people have asked about my recovery. I'm not quite 100 [percent] yet, but I'm close and in the next couple of weeks I'll show you some of the progress I've made. Thank you everyone who has been following me through this journey."
Back in 2014, DBN's Mike Krupka did a thorough scouting report on Ekpre-Olomu, believing he could be a great fit for the Browns in 2015 with their first-round pick. We need to be patient in terms of dreaming big about Ekpre-Olomu's role in 2016, but if he could make up for the disaster that has been CB Justin Gilbert, that would be great.