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tBBC Eli Apple Will Move on to the NFL Level

Discussion in 'News' started by Joe Dexter, Jan 4, 2016.

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    Eli Apple Will Move on to the NFL Level
    Joe Dexter
    via our good friends at Buckeye Battle Cry
    Visit their fantastic blog and read the full article (and so much more) here

    The Silver Bullet defense will need to reload it’s ammunition in 2016.

    On Monday afternoon, Ohio State defensive back Eli Apple became the third draft-eligible defensive player to move on to the NFL Draft. Like Darron Lee and Tyvis Powell, Apple made the announcement through social media.

    Buckeye forever

    — Eli Apple (@EliApple13) January 4, 2016

    Like Powell, Apple was initially a Jim Tressel recruit, before committing to play for Urban Meyer at Ohio State. Apple started as a redshirt freshman in 2014 and was a part of 1,032 plays from the line of scrimmage — tying him for the team lead during the Buckeyes’ championship campaign. He also had a team-high 13 pass deflections.

    In 2015, Apple was clearly the number one coverage corner on the Buckeyes roster. Despite a drop in numbers, it was clear nearly every game that teams would purposely throw on the opposite side of the field as Apple.

    He played a huge role in the Buckeyes shutting down top receivers all season. For the most part, he covered the top receivers opposing teams brought to the table. Ohio State held those receivers to just 4 catches and 55 yards per game.

    So where does Eli Apple stand heading into the NFL Combine? NFL Draft Scout ranks the top prospect in the state of New Jersey in 2013 as the sixth best draft-eligible defensive back heading into 2016. Many project him to be an early 2nd round pick in late April.

    Some also believe that he could move to free safety at the NFL level.

    The post Eli Apple Will Move on to the NFL Level appeared first on The Buckeye Battle Cry: Ohio State News and Commentary.

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