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Reasons to like Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and reasons not to (NSFW)

The Miami Dolphins did a wise thing in claiming slot cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu off waivers from the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.

It is wise because the Dolphins have a need at the position (yes, including at the slot). It is wise because this is a free gift. It costs the Dolphins nothing now and minimal cap space if Ekpre-Olomu makes the roster. There is a great upside if Ekpre-Olomu gets healthy and returns to the form he showed in Oregon in 2014 before he blew out his knee and needed reconstructive surgery.

And if E-O fails to get healthy -- obviously something the Cleveland Browns thought because they simply waived him -- well, then, the Dolphins will do similarly and he will be waived.

No harm.

No foul.

But ...

If E-O is healthy, what do the Dolphins have? That's the question that stretches beyond the injury history fundamental.

On the positive side, E-O was projected by some as a first-round pick for 2015 before the injury dropped him to a seventh-round pick. I thought him more a late second rounder because, as I've stated before, I don't love short cornerbacks unless their name is Darrell Green. And Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's name is not Darrell Green and neither can he run a 4.28 in the 40 yard dash, which was Green's average time. 

E-O was a great player at Oregon. He was tough. He was smart. He was productive. He had all the makings of a good NFL player. So that's the upside.

The downside is maybe he's lost a step because it has been a year since that injury and he's still not right. Even if he hasn't, matching him in the slot against 6-3 Brandon Marshall seems like a nightmare matchup for the Dolphins. And, of course, there's that year off that suggests when E-O is healthy, he's going to have to knock some rust off.

I'm not saying this is going to work. I'm not saying this is going to fail. I'm out of the prediction business, folks, in case you haven't gotten the drift from this blog this offseason. Show me. Make my eyes believe.

I do know the claiming of this player was smart. That I like. It comes with no risk. And possibly a handsome reward.

Anyway, enjoy the highlights. They are not produced by me and so I did not pick the music. The lyrics can be offensive for some and should probably not be played at work or in front of children or mixed company.

You are warned:

 

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