CLEVELAND - Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, the Browns' seventh-round pick, said Wednesday that he also suffered a dislocated left knee in addition to a torn ACL before the College Football Playoff games last season.
The injuries were the main reason Ekpre-Olomu -- who was projected to be a first- or second-round pick had he left Oregon after his junior season -- fell as far as he did in last week's NFL draft.
The Browns hope to be getting a steal if Ekpre-Olomu, who suffered the injuries during a non-contact drill in December, regains his form. The dislocation requires a longer rehab process than the standard ACL tear. He said he hopes to participate in team activities in the next four months.
"In the long run, [the injury] will make me stronger, having to rehab every day and watching a bunch of DBs drafted before you," Ekpre-Olomu said Wednesday.
He was the 28th defensive back to be selected in the draft.
By falling out of the top three rounds, however, Ekpre-Olomu will be able to collect on a $3 million insurance policy that was purchased by the University of Oregon, ESPN's Darren Rovell reported last week.