The New Orleans Saints have been rumored to be in the market for a cornerback for the past couple of weeks. On Tuesday, they sent a 4th and 5th-round pick to the New York Giants for cornerback Eli Apple.
The 4th rounder will be in the 2019 draft and the 7th rounder will be in the 2020 draft.
Pro Football Focus graded Eli Apple at a 64.1 which is the 55th ranked cornerback.
Apple was the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft coming out of Ohio State. He will most likely line up on the opposite side of the field of his former teammate Marshon Lattimore.
Apple had a decent rookie season but has struggled over the past two years.
The Saints were reportedly interested in trading for Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson but the Cardinals were asking for a 1st-round pick, which the Saints do not have next year. They traded it to the Green Bay Packers in order to move up in last year’s draft to select edge rusher Marcus Davenport.
The Giants got decent value for Apple. He has not been great and they will save $2.5 million against the cap next season.
“We’re doing what we can right now to win football games, but we’re also always looking at the roster on a short-term and a long term basis,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said after the trade. “We felt like it was good value. Eli has played well for us this year. He’s going to be a Saint now, and so we wish him well.”
This is the 2nd former 1st-round pick that the Giants have parted way with this season. 2015 1st-round pick Ereck Flowers was waived a couple of weeks ago.
This may be the first moves of many to come for the Giants as they’ve gotten off to a brutal start going 1-6.
The Saints are hoping Apple can get back to the player he was in 2016. He will be an upgrade over their current no. 2 cornerback Ken Crawley, who Pro Football Focus ranked #105 cornerback. Perhaps a fresh start for Apple will allow him to play up to his potential.