The NFL Draft: Eli Apple
This player can cook, he can play the corner, so he is good enough for the New York Giants. Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Eli Apple is heading to The Big Apple after being the No. 10 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Apple is a big cornerback who has developed enough of a reputation from his past two seasons that the two teams were visibly avoiding him. The Giants have already brought in to Janoris Jenkins in helping the team’s secondary, with the team selecting Apple in the first round of the draft. The team is indicating that they want to truly solidify their unit this season.
With the cornerback excited for being a fine player for the team, general manager Jerry Reese called him “a really good, young player. Height, weight, speed. Has all the tools. He holds all the tools to be a starter. He was the highest greatest player on our board, beyond the guy with issues.”
Here are Apple’s credentials:
The Player: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
The Skinny: A highly touted prospect, Apple has great size at 6-foot-1 and 191 pounds and his strength will allow him to compete against any physical receivers, but he will also have talent to mirror and match as a defender for the team. He has covered and challenged early on defensive fronts who were ravaged quarterbacks. His 2015 stats are 33 tackles, 7 PD, 1 INT, 1 FF and 1 FR while playing with Ohio State. He will be tested during training camp to trust his feet than to grabbing quarterbacks. Apple's tackling ability has also been questioned, but with his size it seems like it’s a fixable problem.
The Grade: C+
Apple clearly has the size, stature and speed to excel at the next level, but with plenty of top playmaking defensive prospects still on the board, the Giants may have jumped the gun taking the former Buckeye so early in the draft.
In the meantime, we will see what other players are getting drafted for the New York team.