The Miami Dolphins added cornerback depth on Tuesday, as they successfully claimed Ifo Ekpre-Olomu off waivers. The Cleveland Browns waived the injured cornerback over the weekend using a non-football injury designation, suggesting he had not fully recovered from his late 2014 college knee injury. The Browns spent a seventh round pick on the Oregon product, but he never got on the field.
Ekpre-Olomu has said his knee feels fine, but a recent MRI must have indicated something to the Browns. They are the Browns, so they do stupid things on occasion, but given the knee injury involved (ACL and dislocated knee), it is not surprising the Browns decided to move on. Some players recover from those injuries, and some don't.
I mentioned Ekpre-Olomu earlier this week as someone the 49ers could decide to look at given his connection to Chip Kelly. The Dolphins are behind the 49ers on the waiver wire, so San Francisco did not make a claim.
Ekpre-Olomu is a little bit on the shorter end, and would have been the shortest cornerback on the 49ers roster. The team could decide it wants to get a little bit bigger at the position. Dontae Johnson is the tallest corner at 6'2, with Kenneth Acker and Marcus Cromartie both measuring in at 6'0. The 49ers will likely be adding some depth to the position, but it is difficult to tell how highly they value some more talent at the position. It would not surprise me to see the team focus on the front seven in the draft, to provide pressure that can in turn help the secondary.