Unless you went to Ohio State or dedicate yourself to eventually inaccurate mock drafts all year long because you’re a fan of horrible NFL teams with chances of getting top picks and then reliably screwing those chances up, you probably only know Eli Apple as the college cornerback who was strangely asked by an Atlanta Falcons coach if he “liked men” at the NFL scouting combine a couple months back. Now, after being bobbed by Jerry Reese and the New York Giants at No. 10 in the 2016 NFL Draft, Apple is becoming a ubiquitous hometown celebrity ready for the spotlight.
But most still don’t know Eli Apple or his unique chase for the peak of football Everest. According to mother Annie Apple in her Sports Illustrated piece, “Before winning the first College Football Playoff National Championship, before taking home the 2016 Fiesta Bowl defensive MVP trophy, before a stellar performance at the NFL combine, Eli was just a kid who loved football above everything else.” Even better, Annie notes her influence on her son and the flash she wouldn’t allow on draft day..
Eli was offered Rolex watches and diamonds to wear on draft day. I told him, “Dude, you’re an unemployed college dropout. You will not be on TV with a Rolex.” So we decided if he needed to know what time it was, he could just look at his phone. I bought him a portable charger.
Brilliant. He’s got a rockstar mom who knows what it takes to be a successful professional, especially when Eli is getting shit on by anonymous scouts because “he can’t cook.” Thus is the life of a draft prospect in the NFL. Though for Eli Apple, Annie is the rock that destroys negativity..
On tape, Eli Apple looks like a future star – yet that hasn’t stopped critics from tearing up Jerry Reese for (another) weak draft and reaching in desperation following the Bears’ No. 9 choice of linebacker Leonard Floyd – another reported target for the G-Men. Reese has naturally caught fire for the Giants not making the playoffs in four straight seasons, and considering Tom Coughlin is now gone Reese is the obvious sole target of naysayers, haters, and (most likely) Michigan football fans. He’s taking things in stride, though, noting that “When somebody doesn’t know what they’re talking about, it’s easy to depict it that way.. Because they don’t know what they’re talking about,” per nj.com. Um,eryeah, take that!
Let’s see if Jerry Reese, Ben McAdoo, and Steve Spagnuolo know what they’re talking about in regards to the future of Eli Apple. According to this tape, I’d say they do.