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2016 NFL Draft: Eli Apple goes to the Giants at #10 overall

Pick AnalysisThis is high.  And it’s ahead of Hargreaves.  This is surprising for sure.  He’s talented, fast, long with so


Pick Analysis

This is high.  And it’s ahead of Hargreaves.  This is surprising for sure.  He’s talented, fast, long with so much upside.  But he’s also has someone who has a lot to learn, is pretty bad supporting the run and tackling, and doesn’t trust himself that sees him grab and draw penalties too often.  This feels like a bit of a need-based reach, and a player they might have been able to get a bit later, should they have found a trade partner.  It’s hard to love this choice at this point, even though there’s no denying the potential. (Rebecca Rennie)

Player Analysis

Apple will enter the NFL as a redshirt sophomore, but one with 27 starts over two seasons.  He earned a starting job in 2014 and immediately looked as if he’d been playing for years, proving to be an impact player on the team’s way to a national title that year.  His ability to position himself relative to the receiver he is covering and field awareness appear natural, in particularly showing good understanding of situations such as when he has safety help over the top or to utilise the sideline as an extra defender.  Despite that, Apple still needs to improve the use of his hands and how he applies his ideal size and physicality.  He does tend to be a bit of a pass interference threat, more so than he actually ends up being called on.  He’s young though at just 20 years old, and can improve on that area.  Vikings corner Xavier Rhodes had similar issues at a similar size as Apple when entering the league, and has improved as a pro.  Apple doesn’t look like he plays with the true top end deep speed desired, but at least helped ease concerns with his fast time at the combine.  and he isn’t beaten bad often.  An area that could use work, slightly surprisingly given his physical style, is his tackling.  Apple is disappointingly inconsistent in the run game and at wrapping up when in position, whiffing badly at times on his attempts.  Most redshirt sophomores entering the NFL are a bit behind either in their physical development or their experience, but Apple has next-level size, two years of playing at a high level against good opposition in the Big-10, and big game experience with his success in the post-season playoffs. (Rebecca Rennie)

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2016 NFL Draft: Eli Apple goes to the Giants at #10 overall

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