Did the New York Giants Reach for Eli Apple?

Eli Apple recently was ranked as the No. 22 overall draft prospect by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., and he was projected as the No. 14 overall pick to the Raiders in the most recent mock draft by ESPN's Todd McShay. Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese realizes the pressure is on him for his team to compete for a playoff spot heading into 2016 season. The Giants selected Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple with the 10th overall selection.

It is fair to question whether this pick is a reach by the Giants. The Giants clearly needed secondary help after allowing the second most passing yards in a season in NFL history, but the Giants already had Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and brought in former Rams corner Janoris Jenkins.

The Giants needed to select a defensive back during this draft, but it was not necessary to address this position in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. WFAN sports talk radio host Lori Robinson tweeted, “I don’t understand. Giants and Jerry Reese need Eli Apple to be great. This seems like a real reach. If you wanted Eli Apple, trade back.”

Jerry Reese believed this was the right choice and value for Apple and believed he filled a need with this selection. “Absolutely, it’s a need pick. Look out there at our corner depth, and you can see that,” stated Reese.

Jerry Reese knows his seat is extremely warm as general manager of the Giants. He needs players who will immediately impact the team and he believes Apple will be able to do this, but there were other players worthy of this Giants selection. If the Giants believed corner was their biggest need the team should have considered Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III who many believe is more talented than Apple.

Apple will help this Giants football team, but there were other options available who would fit and improve the Giants as well or better. The results will show in the next few seasons whether Reese made a reach or not for Apple.

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