NFL Draft: Ohio State's Eli Apple Is Off the Board

After declaring himself for the draft after just two seasons on the field as a Buckeye, Ohio State's top corner from 2015, Eli Apple is heading to the New York Giants.

CB Eli Apple: Drafted

Round 1, Pick 10

Team: New York Giants

Bio Info

Eastern High School (Voorhees, N.J.)
4.40 40
31 3/8-inch arm length
9 3/8-inch hands
13 reps on bench press

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
Four-star prospect
No. 3 cornerback in the draft
No. 41 overall prospect

Ohio State Career: A four-star recruit coming out of high school, Apple redshirted the 2013 season as Bradley Roby and Doran Grant anchored the two cornerback spots on a defense that struggled mightily against the pass.

In 2014, Apple won a starting job opposite Grant and immediately made an impact as a run stopper in addition to his cover skills. Apple played in all 15 games during Ohio State’s run to the national championship game, including an interception in the win over Oregon on the final play of the game.

Perhaps Apple’s coming out party at Ohio State was in the one game he didn’t start as a Buckeye. Against Michigan State in 2014, Apple was hampered with a leg injury and was replaced by Gareon Conley in the starting lineup. However after Conley gave up a pair of big plays on the game’s opening drive, Apple was forced into action and played admirably, collecting four tackles and two pass breakups in the win.

In his redshirt sophomore season, Apple was the unquestioned top corner for the Buckeyes and that was evident as teams rarely threw his way. His numbers in his second year were down from his freshman season, however he finished his Buckeye career with 86 total tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions. He leaves Columbus having been a second team All-Big Ten selection in 2015.

Expert Breakdown: “I know people that have him in the first round, but I’m a guy that has him in the second – although I might be wrong about him. You love the measurables and you love everything about his ability to play physically at the line. The thing I worry about him the most is that he’s a grabber, a clutcher. If that’s going to be his game in the NFL – to try to hold people up – he is going to get called for that in the NFL. I don’t think that’s the only way he can play, but if he has to be a handsy player then it’s going to be a problem. He has the physical traits and the makeup, and when you watch him play the ball it’s something he does well.” – Bryan Broaddus, former NFL scout.

Apple Says: “That’s something in the NFL that’s really important, to be a physical guy at the line of scrimmage and be able to take receivers off their path. And that’s something I do better than anybody, in my opinion. My press technique is to me better than everybody out there. That’s the main thing I do. I’m a physical guy and I get up on a receivers and impact that.”

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