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Instant analysis: Eli Apple right pick for New York Giants in 2016 NFL Draft?

The Giants made their first pick of the 2016 draft. What doesit mean, and did they make the right pick?

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After months of pouring over game tape, scouting reports, rumors, reading dozens of mock drafts, and agonizing over combine reports, it's finally the New York Giants have made their first pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

With the 10th pick, the Giants selected Eli Apple, a cornerback out of Ohio State.

It had long been suspected that the Giants would take Jack Conklin or Leonard Floyd. However, neither were there after the Tennessee Titans traded up to take Conklin at eighth overall and the Chicago Bears jumped the Giants to select Floyd.

Apple has to be something of a consolation prize after their their top choices were off the board.

That being said, Apple is young, long, physical, and highly athletic.

He only has four career interceptions in his two years as a starter, but will benefit from learning behind two proven ballhawks in Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Apple does fill a need with only the two proven corners on the roster, and DRC beginning to near the end of his career. He also brings scheme versatility and can play both zone and man cover schemes. With defenses playing sub-packages at least as often -- and more often in many cases -- than their base defense, having a third corner who can, and will, compete with any receiver.

Apple has been praised by scouts and coaches for his work ethic and dedication to improving over his time at Ohio State, traits in common with many of the Giants' draft picks over the last few years.

The Giants' defense was atrocious at every level in 2015, and after spending an enormous amount of money to retain Jason Pierre-Paul, and bring in Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, and Janoris Jenkins, the Giants added the 10th overall pick to that defense. After failing to stop far too many offenses in the last two minutes of games, Jerry Reese has gotten Steve Spagnuolo plenty of pieces to rebuild that beleaguered defense.