2016 NFL Draft Profile: Eli Apple, CB OSU
Eli Apple Is An Option: Cornerback Is A Huge Ravens Need
Eli Apple is a big physical cornerback which is just what the doctor ordered for the Baltimore Ravens. Apple could be an interesting option for the Ravens if they trade out of the sixth pick. He seems to be the Ravens preferred type at the cornerback position. At 6’1″ and 200 lbs. he has a similar build and skill set to Jimmy Smith and former Ravens superstar Chris McAlister.
In two seasons with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Apple has recorded four interceptions. With good man coverage technique and the tendency to be aggressive, Apple can make quarterbacks pay for a bad throw. He isn’t afraid to play physically with receivers, and he is a good tackler. His style may lead to more pass interference penalties than you’d like at first. There will surely be some growing pains with Apple but he merits a mid first round selection.
- Plays with good technique, excels in man coverage
- Big frame, long arms
- Decent speed
- Ball skills
- Too many pass inference penalties
- Over aggressive
- Physical but could strengthen up a bit
Should The Ravens Target Apple?
Apple is one of those players I could go either way on. I think he has a ton of potential. He has the ability to be a really good player. Apple will take some time to develop though. Apple has first round talent and upside. The Ravens should not draft him with the sixth overall pick. I think he comes into play at pick 16 or above, in my opinion. The Ravens could trade out of the sixth overall pick. They need help at the cornerback position too. If they trade back he is an option.
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This seems like a player the Ravens would be interested in. He has first round talent and he would fill a major need for the team. Apple is surely someone to keep your eye on during the NFL Draft.