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Ohio State CB Eli Apple has the size the Kansas City Chiefs like

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Eli Apple looks like he could be a Kansas City Chief. The Ohio State Buckeyes CB has some measureables that I suspect will be appealing to Chiefs GM John Dorsey (or at least I hope considering I see corner as one of the Chiefs top needs).

First, the size. Apple, who is likely a first round pick, is listed at 6'1 and 200 pounds. That's the size that the Chiefs like, and the size that they'll be losing in free agency if / when Sean Smith leaves. Imagine pairing Apple with another big corner in Marcus Peters. The youth and potential of that group would be outstanding.

His NFL.com profile reads: "Highly recruited two­-year starter who is entering the draft as a draft eligible redshirt sophomore. Apple's size and strength allows him to compete against physical receivers, but he also has the talent to mirror and match as a man defender. Covering for longer could be challenging early on after playing with talented defensive fronts who ravaged quarterbacks. Apple will have to learn to trust his feet rather than grabbing so often or he'll find that quarterbacks and refs will find him often."

Get him in front of some coaching from Emmitt Thomas and Al Harris and watch him flourish.

Then there's the question of where he will be drafted. It's still way too early in the draft process to really have an idea of a player's draft stock. I've seen some folks putting him in the top half of the first round while others, such as Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, put him towards the bottom of the first round where the Chiefs pick (28).

Mel Kiper had him going 26th to the Seahawks in his first mock: "The next two guys to come off the board would also be worth considering, because age is now a concern on the interior of that defensive line, but a long, physical cornerback who is a fearless tackler is a great fit for Pete Carroll. Yes, the secondary is a strength in Seattle, but it's impossible to have too many corners who can play, and one injury changes the depth equation in a heartbeat."

However, in his second mock he had him going 14th and he had him going to the dark side (Oakland): "Cornerback is a major need for the Raiders, which should be addressed in free agency and the draft. Apple is going to deal with some growing pains because he needs to be better from a technical standpoint and not so reliant on his physical ability, but he has coveted above-average size and tremendous potential."

Mayck had him going 25th to the Steelers. "With good length (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and top-end speed, Apple showed he could turn and run with Notre Dame speedster Will Fuller during the Fiesta Bowl. He's also a strong tackler and run supporter, which are qualities the Steelers value highly in their defensive backs."