NFL Draft: Scouting Ohio State CB Eli Apple

Breaking Burgundy Analyst Paul Conner shares his scouting notes on the Buckeye's large and in charge cornerback

Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process. 

Eli Apple

Position: Cornerback

College: Ohio State 

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 200

Age: 20

(Analysis of games vs. Northern Illinois, Alabama, Michigan State)

Positives: Eli Apple is in the mold of the new-age, larger, "legion of boom" type cornerbacks. He is the type of cornerback who is comfortable in press coverage. He played off coverage as well but played much better in press. He played mostly on the right side of the formation. Apple has good speed and I didn't see receivers run away from him. 

Concerns: Apple can get real "handsy" with receivers. He will need to correct that as the NFL has really been enforcing the "5 yard rule." As with most bigger cornerbacks, Apple doesn't get his hips real low and will have a hard time with smaller, more agile receivers. Apple is a willing tackler but isn't aggressive with it. Sort of an "I'll try and make the tackle if no one else will" type attitude towards it. 

If drafted by Redskins: The Redskins secondary could really use some pieces going forward. They played with a rag-tag group last year that ended up exceeding expectations. Outside of Bashaud Breeland, the Redskins have questions to answer. Chris Culliver's contract has voided all guaranteed money so he may not be back. DeAngelo Hall has moved to safety and Quinton Dunbar is still learning the position. Redskins would like to add talent opposite Breeland to balance the defense.

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Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr

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