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Prospect Profile: Eli Apple

Cornerback| Ohio State| RS Sophomore

Height:6-foot-1 | Weight: 199 pounds

College Stats

2015: named to All-Big Ten Second Team; started all 13 games in his second season at corner; had eight passes defended and an interception; member of Buckeyes secondary that ranked sixth in the FBS in pass efficiency defense and part of a defense that ranked second overall in fewest points allowed (15.1); recorded 33 tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and a forced fumble; named the Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP with five tackles and one pass break up against Notre Dame

Career: recorded 86 total tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss over two seasons; added 18 pass breakups and four interceptions; named Freshman All-American in 2014; helped lead Buckeyes to national championship win in 2014

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.40 seconds

Bench press: 13 reps of 225 pounds

Note: These were the only drills Apple did at the combine.


Summary:Apple uses his 6-foot-1 frame and range to his ability as he consistently drapes himself on receivers. Apple also boasts a strong mentality and provides plenty of support in the run game.

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted Apple "possesses several traits for the cornerback position that translate well to the next level with his size, length and athleticism. Apple isn't afraid to be physical and contest at the top of routes, but he's still learning what he can get away with and what will draw flags — desired length for the position, but NFL teams will be forced to live and die with his hands-on contact while he figures it out."

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock most recently ranked Apple as his third-best cornerback in the 2016 NFL Draft. Fellow analyst Bucky Brooks has Apple as the No. 5 prospect at the position. Daniel Jeremiah ranked Apple at No. 23 in his list of the top 50 prospects in the draft. Jeremiah slotted Apple in the 30th spot in his initial top 50 rankings.

Treatment helped: Apple felt over fatigued during both his 2013 redshirt season and wintering conditioning for the 2014 season. He was diagnosed with an iron deficiency, received treatment, and helped lead the Buckeyes to a national title that year.

View photos of Ohio State CB Eli Apple.

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