Eli Apple picked No. 10 overall, becomes third Buckeye in top 10
Believe it or not, Eli Apple’s cooking skills didn’t hold him back from getting picked in the first round.
Even better, the New Jersey kid is coming home.
Apple was picked No. 10 overall by the New York Giants, which made him the third Buckeye picked in the top 10. That marked the first time in Ohio State history that the program produced three top-10 picks in the same draft.
He became the fourth B1G player selected in the first 10 picks.
The former OSU cornerback was one of the key pieces during the Buckeyes’ College Football Playoff run in 2014. He earned second-team All-B1G honors and earned Fiesta Bowl MVP honors for the job he did on standout Notre Dame receiver Will Fuller.
Apple joined a long line of Buckeye defensive backs to go off the board in the first round. Bradley Roby was picked 31st by the Broncos in 2014, Malcolm Jenkins went No. 14 to the Saints in 2009 and Donte Whitner went eighth to the Bills during OSU’s record-breaking 2006 draft.
That year, the Buckeyes had a record 14 players selected, five of which went in the first round. Apple’s selection helped OSU inch closer to that overall mark, as well as Miami’s (FL) record of six players drafted in the first round.
Will the Buckeyes get there?