If it was still April Fools Day, you wouldn't have believed it. The news broke on April 2, though, that the Cleveland Browns have waived CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, last year's seventh-round pick who was basically red-shirted due to serious injuries he was trying to overcome.
The #Browns released second-year CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, whose devastating knee injury robbed him of being a first-round pick and obviously more— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 2, 2016
Ekpre-Olomu was billed as having first-round potential prior to his injuries. He rehabbed all of last season while on injured reserve, and the belief was that he was at this point where he'd be ready to contribute in some of the Browns' offseason programs. With CB Joe Haden having had ankle surgery recently, the door was open even more for him to jump on to the scene. What happened, then? With the Browns' offseason programs set to begin this Monday, why wouldn't the team at least take a look at him? Multiple reports are saying that his health shouldn't be a problem:
Note on Ifo Ekpre-Olumu. I'm told he's 100% healthy and feels certain he'll be playing football at a high level this year.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) April 2, 2016
I'm sure that "update" on his health came directly from Ekpre-Olumu or his agent, though. I think we'd have to assume that, leading up to the offseason programs, players' medical statuses were weighed, and Ekpre-Olumu must have suffered a setback or just not been at the level the team needed him to be to compete.