It’s yet to be seen whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers will wind up drafting a cornerback in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft but if they do, Ohio State product Eli Apple could very well wind up being the selection. During his talk with the media Saturday at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, Apple let it be known that he’s talked to the Steelers since arriving in Indianapolis.
“Yeah, I’ve talked to a couple of guys from the Steelers,” said Apple, who measured in at 6’1″, 199-pounds.
It’s still unknown as to whether or not Apple had a formal interview with the Steelers but being as he’s an underclassmen, chances are good he has, or will.
“That would be nice,” Apple said when asked about the possibility of him being drafted by the Steelers. “It would be a blessing for sure. In Pittsburgh they’ve always had a great history of great defense and great secondaries and that’s something that I think I can fit in well with for sure.”
In several mock drafts so far this offseason, Apple has been the Steelers first-round pick. It should be noted, however, that Steelers general manager has said a few times over the course of the last few weeks that this yeatr’s draft class is a deep one when it comes to both cornerbacks and safeties.
The Steelers haven’t drafted a cornerback in the first round of a draft since 1997, so it would be quite a shock if that streak didn’t continue this year.