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Eli Apple | Cornerback

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 185

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Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Eli Apple is "top 15 material on my board," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.
"Apple has the ability to be a special corner as he combines size, ball skills and a head for the position," Pauline wrote. As you ascertained, Pauline grades the former five-star recruit as a first-round prospect. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Apple logged three interceptions, 10 pass breakups, a fumble return for a touchdown and 53 tackles last year. Aug 2 - 12:27 PM

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Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Eli Apple "likes to use his size to crowd receivers as much as possible and his play strength allows him to make more plays on the ball than other cornerbacks," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Apple has very good size for a cornerback and did a nice job as a starting redshirt freshman last season," Zierlein wrote. "His hip tightness in change of direction, however, caused him to give up big plays last season." The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Apple, a former five-star recruit, had three interceptions, 10 pass breakups, a fumble return for a touchdown and 53 tackles last year.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 16 - 9:14 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Eli Apple is "the clear top corner here now that Doran Grant is gone," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"One of the big changes for Ohio State last year was the improvement of its secondary after the Buckeyes proved to be too big-play prone in 2013," Brown wrote. "Urban Meyer brought in Chris Ash from Arkansas to fix it as co-defensive coordinator, and Ash was granted the services of the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Apple, who had redshirted upon arriving on campus in 2013." The analyst ranks Apple as the No. 11 corner in the land. Apple had three interceptions, 10 pass breakups, a fumble return for a touchdown and 53 tackles last year.
Jun 29 - 1:48 AM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Eli Apple "will be counted on as the Buckeyes' top cover man in 2015," reports NFL Media.

Apple will take over Doran Grant's old role. As a second-year freshman last year, he picked off three passes and broke up 10 more. "He made the final play of the college football season in picking off Marcus Mariota to close out a 42-20 win over Oregon in the national title game, almost as if to signal a standout sophomore campaign," wrote Chase Goodbread.
Source: NFL.com
May 27 - 9:12 PM

Ohio State redshirt freshman CB Eli Apple had an interception in Monday's 42-20 College Football National Championship Game victory over Oregon.

Apple collected three interceptions and seven passes defensed during an eye-opening freshmen campaign. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder is a former a five-star recruit rated as the No. 11 overall prospect nationally on the 2013 ESPN 150. Some questioned his work ethic as a true freshman, most notably HC Urban Meyer. "He was not what we wanted when we signed him," Meyer said. "He was lazy in the classroom, lazy about his business." One year later, Apple looks like the prime NFL CB prospect that everyone thought he would be.
Jan 13 - 6:19 PM