The New York Giants decided to stay with defense with their first round pick and take cornerback Eli Apple out of Ohio State. This pick came somewhat as a someone which begs the question, did the Giants make the right decision with Apple?
UCLA standout linebacker Myles Jack was still on the big board at the time of the pick and it seemed like an easy steal at No. 10. Jack is extremely gifted at his position, and in some mock drafts, was destined to go top five in the draft. Big Blue hasn’t had a significant force at the linebacker position since Antonio Pierce, and it shows as they have struggled since his departure constantly swapping players in and out each season.
Jack could have made an immediate impact on the defense, but considering he underwent surgery for a torn meniscus that ended his college career, the Giants and many other teams didn’t pull the trigger.
Another major need was protecting Eli Manning, and Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil seemed to be the Giants for the taking. Tunsil was undoubtedly the best offensive tackle in the draft with long arms, quick feet and power beyond compare. The Gmen could have had a duel threat in Tunsil, and their 2015 draft pick, Ereck Flowers.
However, a photo of a man resembling Tunsil smoking marijuana was posted to his official Twitter account by a supposed hacker. This killed the lineman’s draft stock dramatically and the Giants, like many others, couldn’t take a risk on Mel Kiper’s No. 1 overall player in the draft.
With much controversy and risk surrounding both of these prospects, the Giants made a justifiable pick to continue stacking their secondary and select Apple. The 2016 season will show if this pick was well worth missing out on Jack and Tunsil.