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Video: Ohio State CB Eli Apple 2015 Pass Targets With Stat Breakdown

With the 2016 NFL Draft now a month away, I have begun thoroughly breaking down a few of the top cornerbacks in this year’s class as it relates to how they performed when targeted in coverage. Last week, I compiled all of the targets that Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander faced during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Now, I have turned my attention to Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple and have all of his 2015 targets compiled for you in the video below in addition to a play-by-play rundown of each.

As you can see, I have Apple being targeted a total of 57 times in 2015 and that includes all penalty plays that included him. I should note, however, that I chose not to include a few screen passes well behind the line of scrimmage that he played way off on. Apple gave up 21 receptions for 304 total yards and two touchdowns in my viewing of his tape. I should point out, however, that Apple was penalized four times during those 57 targets. Additionally, all but 8 of the receptions that he allowed resulted in either a first down or touchdown.

You will notice in the video that unlike Alexander, Apple contested quite a few of the passes thrown his way. Even so, he only had 9 all season. While Apple is a willing tackler of sorts, he’s just not very good at it. I tried to pay some attention to his participation in the run game while reviewing all of his games and once again, while he’s willing, he certainly falls short in that area. Additionally, he struggles to get off blocks down the field.

Apple can play press, press-bail, off and zone as you will see in the video. You would like to see his technique improve in press and especially when it comes to him rerouting his man. He also needs to get his head around a bit quicker in coverage at times but for the most part, he does a good job at staying in phase with his man down the field.

Personally, I would rank Apple ahead of Alexander based on his 2015 tape but with that said, his inability to tackle the catch along with his overall tackling ability really scares me. While he’s likely to be drafted in the first round, I really don’t see the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting him if given the opportunity, which they are unlikely to have.

VT 1Q 3-9 VT 31 Isaiah Ford I
UH 1Q 3-8 UH 31 Marcus Kemp I
NIU 1Q 2-17 NIU 35  Tommylee Lewis INT
NIU 4Q 3-16 NIU 14 Kenny Golladay I
WMU 1Q 2-5 WMU 30 Corey Davis I
WMU 1Q 1-10 WMU 32 Corey Davis C 3
WMU 1Q 2-7 WMU 49 Corey Davis C 12 Y
WMU 2Q 2-24 OSU 38 Corey Davis C 8
WMU 3Q 3-9 OSU 11 Corey Davis I Y PI
WMU 4Q 2-7 WMU 25 Corey Davis I
WMU 4Q 3-12 WMU 31 Corey Davis I
IND 2Q 3-8 IND 27 Simmie Cobbs Jr. I
IND 2Q 1-10 IND 21 Anthony Corsaro I
IND 2Q 3-7 IND 24  Ricky Jones I Y PI
IND 3Q 3-12 IND 30 Ricky Jones I
IND 4Q 2-19 OSU 44 Ricky Jones I Y PI
IND 4Q 2-14 OSU 38 Ricky Jones C 14 Y
IND 4Q 1-10 OSU 24 Ricky Jones C 18 Y
IND 4Q 4-G OSU 09 Ricky Jones I
UMD 1Q 1-10 UMD 37 Taivon Jacobs I
UMD 2Q 3-7 UMD 43 Taivon Jacobs I
UMD 3Q 2-3 OSU 24 D.J. Moore I
PSU 1Q 1-10 PSU 34 Chris Godwin C 45 Y
PSU 1Q 3-5 OSU 16 Saeed Blacknall I
PSU 3Q 1-10 PSU 22 Chris Godwin C 56 Y
RU 1Q 2-5 RU 30 Leonte Carroo C 18 Y
RU 1Q 1-10 RU 20 Andre Patton C 11 Y
RU 1Q 3-10 RU 31 Leonte Carroo I
RU 2Q 3-9 RU 46 Leonte Carroo I
MINN 1Q 2-8 Minn 41 K.J. Maye C 4
MINN 2Q 2-10 Minn 32 Drew Wolitarsky I
MINN 4Q 3-G OSU 04 K.J. Maye C 4 Y TD
MINN 4Q 3-6 OSU 10 Rashad Still C 10 Y TD
MINN 4Q 3-5 Minn 45 Rashad Still C 10 Y
MINN 4Q 1-10 OSU 45 Rashad Still C 6
ILL 1Q 1-10 ILL 20 Desmond Cain I
ILL 2Q 1-10 OSU 31 Geronimo Allison I
ILL 3Q 2-10 OSU 18 Malik Turner I
ILL 4Q 2-19 OSU 36 Geronimo Allison I
ILL 4Q 4-12 OSU 29 Dionte Taylor I
MSU 1Q 1-10 MSU 28 Aaron Burbridge C 6
MSU 2Q 3-9 MSU 26 Aaron Burbridge C 14 Y
MSU 2Q 3-14 MSU 36 Aaron Burbridge C 36 Y PI
MSU 2Q 3-14 MSU 25 Macgarrett Kings C 8
MSU 4Q 2-7 OSU 45 Aaron Burbridge C 6
MICH 1Q 1-10 Mich 36 Amara Darboh C 8
MICH 1Q 1-10 Mich 47 Amara Darboh I
MICH 1Q 2-6 Mich 26 Amara Darboh I
MICH 2Q 3-G OSU 06 Amara Darboh I
MICH 4Q 3-8 OSU 09 Jehu Chesson I
MICH 4Q 1-10 Mich 05 Jehu Chesson I
MICH 4Q 3-2 Mich 13 Jehu Chesson I
ND 2Q 1-10 ND30 Chris Brown I
ND 2Q 1-10 OSU15 Will Fuller I
ND 3Q 3-6 ND09 Torii Hunter Jr. I
ND 4Q 3-4 ND38 Will Fuller C 7 Y
ND 4Q 1-10 ND08 Corey Robinson I
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