Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple is one of the top defensive back prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft class, but according to one scout who spoke with Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NFL teams should be concerned with Apple due to some very strange off-field issues. According to the scout:
Third-year sophomore from Voorhees, N.J. “He got beat probably more than you want but he’s got tremendous upside,” said one scout. “He is too young (20) to be coming out but he is so you’ve got to project what he’s going to be. I think he’s going to be a pretty high-level starter.” Started 27 games, finishing with 86 tackles (7 ½ for loss), 4 picks and 18 PBUs. “Some there (OSU) were worried he wouldn’t break 4.6 and then popped the (4.39),” said another scout. “They were surprised he ran that well. I worry about him because of off-the-field issues. The kid has no life skills. At all. Can’t cook. Just a baby. He’s not first round for me. He scares me to death.” Wonderlic was 21. “He probably has as much talent as anybody but he, like a lot of those Ohio State guys, is inconsistent,” said a third scout. “He squats, and receivers run by him. He’s more in catch-up mode than reaction mode. He bothers me a little bit.”
According to this scout, Eli Apple has off-the-field issues, despite the fact that he has never been in trouble. This scout says that Apple has character concerns because he just had a baby, he cannot cook, and he accuses Apple of having no life skills. This is an incredibly insulting scouting report, and is easily the most ridiculous information that I have seen from a scout during my years of covering the NFL Draft, Apple has never been in trouble but this scout is downgrading him because he cannot cook. Eli Apple, you’re about to be a millionaire, hire a chef or order takeout.
UPDATE: Eli Apple’s teammate at Ohio State Ezekiel Elliot refuted this scout’s assessment: