3. Eli Apple, New York Giants, CB
The secondary has been a great weakness for the Houston Texans this season. The Texans have given up a great number of yardage to opposing receivers. According to ESPN, the Texans have allowed 1,346 yards through the air and have allowed opposing quarterbacks to have a rating of 107.4, which is ranked 29th in the league.
In addition, the Texans are very thin in depth at the cornerback position. Kevin Johnson, Aaron Colvin, and Kayvon Webster all got injured early in the season, forcing the Texans to sign players from the practice squad. By acquiring Apple, the Texans will not only add depth to the position, but also add some talent. Currently, the Texans’ cornerbacks are Colvin, Johnathan Joseph, Johnson Bademosi and Shareece Wright.
This season, Apple has 17 tackles, one forced fumble and no interceptions. For his three-year career, Apple has played in 29 games, resulting in 117 tackles, one interception and no touchdowns.
A former first rounder from Ohio State, Apple had a decent rookie season but has yet to live up to his potential. He is in great need of a change in scenery and could improve this secondary. The Texans can give up a couple of assets or draft picks to the lowly and rebuilding Giants to acquire Apple.