Eli Apple is an American football cornerback who is a free agent. He played college football at Ohio State, and was selected by the New York Giants with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
High school career
Apple attended Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, New Jersey and was teammates with Tennessee Titans nickelback Logan Ryan. Apple was rated the top prospect in New Jersey in Rival’s 2013 class and was ranked the 28th best prospect nationally. He received about twenty scholarship offers from Alabama, California, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Purdue, Miami, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, North Carolina, NC State, and Clemson and ranked his top three schools as Rutgers, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. On February 12, 2012, he announced his verbal commitment to Ohio State after Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Apple enrolled at Ohio State in January 2013 as a five-star prospect (ESPN 150) and rated as high as the No. 11 prospect nationally on the ESPN 150. He was also rated as the No. 1 overall prospect in New Jersey and No. 6 cornerback prospect nationally by 247sports. Moreover, he redshirted as a true freshman and went on to play in 2014 as a redshirt freshman. He played in the 2015 Sugar Bowl and the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship. In his second season with the Buckeyes, he was the Defensive MVP.
On January 4, 2016, Apple announced his decision to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL Draft. Apple attended the NFL Scouting Combine and completed the majority of combine drills before suffering cramps. Moreover, he finished with the tenth fastest time in the 40-yard dash among all participating players at the NFL Combine.
On March 11, 2016, Apple attended Ohio State’s pro day, but opted to stand on his combine numbers and only performed the short shuttle, three-cone drill, and positional drills. Apple had pre-draft visits with multiple teams, including the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, and Tennessee Titans.
Apple was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was raised by his mother Annie Apple and stepfather Tim Apple in Voorhees Township, New Jersey, and in 2012 Apple changed his name from Eli Woodard to Eli Apple. Moreover, he is the nephew of comedian Michael Blackson. During his true freshman year at Ohio State, issues with an iron deficiency limited Apple’s play.
- Full Name: Eli Apple
- Date of Birth: August 9, 1995
- Age: 24 years
- Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
- Weight: 203 lb (92 kg)
- High school: Eastern Regional (Voorhees Township, New Jersey)
- College: Ohio State
- NFL Draft: since 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
- Current team: New Orleans Saints (#25 / Cornerback)
- Education: The Ohio State University, Eastern Regional High School
- Dates joined: 2013 (Ohio State Buckeyes football), 2016 (New York Giants), October 23, 2018 (New Orleans Saints)
- Parents: Annie Apple, Tim Apple
- Position: Cornerback
- Net Worth: N/A
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