When the New York Giants and then-general supervisor Jerry Reese chosen Ohio State’s Eli Apple No. 10 general within the 2016 NFL draft, they thought they had been getting a lockdown cornerback for years to come back.
It rapidly turned apparent that was not going to be the case as Apple struggled to adapt to the NFL recreation and couldn’t appear to seek out his slot in New York. Together with his mom additionally persistently looming and making an attempt to steal the highlight, the connection between workforce and participant fizzled briefly order.
By October of 2018, the Giants determined to chop their losses and ship Apple off to New Orleans, who despatched a fourth-round decide again to New York in trade for the cornerback.
Shortly after that commerce went down, a younger Alabama huge receiver by the identify of DeVonta Smith took goal at Apple and lower him down on Twitter.
Each time i see Eli apple 1 on 1 i shake my head
— DeVonta Smith (@DeVontaSmith_6) December 23, 2018
Apple did no higher in New Orleans than he had in New York, and the Saints finally declined to select up his fifth-year choice. He went on to spend the 2020 season with the Carolina Panthers and was lately signed by the Cincinnati Bengals to supply some depth.
In 5 NFL seasons, Apple has by no means graded out above a 64.5 general and has by no means posted a protection grade above 64.9.
In the course of the 2018 regular-season, which is when Smith took his photographs, Apple allowed 64 receptions on 108 targets for 867 yards and two touchdowns. He additionally posted a missed sort out proportion of 19.8, which was a career-worst.
Sarcastically, the Giants could also be in a marketplace for a large receiver within the NFL draft and may Smith slide, he may find yourself in blue 5 years after New York took a flier on Apple and three years after he shredded Apple on Twitter.