The New Orleans Saints are adding yet another Buckeye to their roster.
New Orleans is set to acquire former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple in a trade with the New York Giants, according to multiple reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the trade.
Giants trading Eli Apple to the Saints, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2018
According to Schefter, the Saints traded a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft and a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft to the Giants to acquire Apple.
Apple joins two of his former Ohio State teammates, Marshon Lattimore and Vonn Bell, in the Saints' secondary. Former Ohio State safety Kurt Coleman also plays in the Saints' secondary, while the Saints' star receiver, Michael Thomas, is also one of Apple's former Buckeye teammates.
Former Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. was recently placed on injured reserve by the Saints, while former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is on the Saints' practice squad.
Apple was selected with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft by the Giants, but his time in New York was tumultuous. He was suspended for the Giants' final game of the 2017 season for "a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team." In five games this season, though, Apple had recorded 23 total tackles with five pass breakups and a forced fumble.