While I think you are, to an extent, over-rating him, I don't disagree with the theme of your post, macke. What I am suggesting...as are many others...is for Apple to go as high as he did, the expectations in a media crazy and media unforgiving market will be huge, and the tolerance for a learning curve will be interesting to see. I am cautiously optimistic.
Yes, Eli has a huge upside. The concerns about him as a risky Pass Interference penalty waiting to happen are justifed. To be fair, he'll only be a rookie, so, we'll see. Wishing the best for him...just not as enthusiastic as you are, but only because of his draft status and the team who picked him. I think one more season in our secondary would've have make him "the man", especially with Schiano as the coach. Again, we'll see.