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Eli Apple | Cornerback

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

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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple, running back Ezekiel Elliott and receiver Jalin Marshall are all considering opting into the draft early.
Elliott is a slam dunk to declare, while Marshall is a surprise. As for the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Apple, a redshirt sophomore and former five-star recruit, he's played at a high level this season, making his intentions understandable. He's a big corner who crowds receivers and is a sound tackler. Nov 11 - 8:45 PM

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Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Eli Apple has only been targeted four times this season and has allowed zero receptions, according to CFB Film Room.

Meanwhile, Apple's teammate Gareon Conley has been targeted 16 times, but has only given up four receptions for 35 yards. Through three games, Ohio State is only giving up 119 passing yards per game, good for fifth best in the country. The front four combined with two talented corners will do that for collegiate teams. OSU faces Western Michigan next.
Sep 22 - 10:59 AM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore CB Eli Apple's ability to constantly be around the pass "portend[s] to a strong career in Columbus," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Apple picked off three passes last season while breaking up an additional 10. These numbers stood out to analyst Reuter, as well as the redshirt junior's size (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and knack for sound tackling. His size is a plus-plus for the position and as Reuter's fellow analyst Lance Zierlein noted in mid-July, he uses that size to "crowd receivers as much as possible and play to his strength." A former five-star recruit, the redshirt sophomore still needs to work on quick changes of direction, as those can sometimes break down into big plays because of Apple's in-your-face style of play.
Aug 29 - 3:43 PM

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

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.
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.
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