Former Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Eli Apple headed to “The Big Apple” with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, which many viewed as a reach. However, New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese was quick to defend his pick.
This week, Reese appeared gave an interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN and blasted critics of the Eli Apple pick.
“When somebody doesn’t know what they’re talking about, it’s easy to depict it that way,” Reese said,via NJ.com. “Because they don’t know what they’re talking about.
“We were very happy that he was available when we picked there at No. 10. We absolutely had gone over this scenario many times. Obviously, not the (specific) situation that came up during the draft, but we thought some of the players might have been gone anyway. He was right in our window, where we had him ranked on our board, and he was an easy pick for us.”
The decision to select Apple was criticized because projected top five picks like Myles Jack and Laremy Tunsil were still on the board.
But when you take a step back and look at the team’s needs, the decision to go with Apple makes sense. Not only did the team go with Apple in the first round, they continue to bring in veteran defensive backs in hopes of bolstering the depth chart.
So while the decision to select Eli Apple at No. 10 may have been an initial shock, the team appears to have full confidence in their promising young defender and he will draw from that support to put his best foot forward on the field.
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