Donovan Olumba '13 is making his mark in Dallas Cowboys secondary
From USA Today/Cowboys Wire:
The Dallas Cowboys’ 2018 draft class is drawing rave reviews from Oxnard. While accolades have rained down on draft choices Leighton Vander Esch, Connor Williams, Michael Gallup and Dorance Armstrong, there are also undrafted rookie free agents turning some heads as well.
Donovan Olumba, a 6-foot-2, 192 pounder from Portland State is gaining some notoriety despite competing at an exceptionally deep cornerback position. But fighting against tall odds is nothing new.
Olumba was lightly recruited after playing just one season of varsity high school football at wide receiver and cornerback. He had just two walk-on offers from Division-II and NAIA schools. He eventually landed a scholarship at Div-II Alderson Broaddus (located in West Virginia) where he played three seasons at corner.
In 2016, he departed for Division-I Portland State where he redshirted for the year. He finally got his break last season, vaulting from third-string to starter in his final collegiate campaign. He posted 21 tackles with 7 passes defended, garnering an Honorable Mention on the All-Big Sky Conference team.
After being passed over for collegiate all-star games and the NFL scouting combine, Olumba had to prove himself all over again at his Pro Day. At his workout, he checked the NFL boxes with his height/length/speed ratio, fitting snugly into the “Seahawk” CB profile. He posted solid measurements but his pedestrian 4.62 40-yard time put him into the undrafted talent pool.
Upon Olumba’s arrival in Oxnard, he was given Orlando Scandrick’s old number 32 and since then he has taken big steps to live up to the number.
Thus far in training camp, his passion for the game has seemed to ooze out of him on a daily basis and he does not lack confidence.