We're in the final stretch before the NFL Draft, which means we've reached that critical mass moment where it seems like there's nothing left to talk about when it comes to potential prospects.
Unless of course, you're an anonymous scout discussing former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
He gave a bizarre response, which included this excerpt:
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"I worry about him because of off-the-field issues. The kid has no life skills. At all. Can't cook. Just a baby. He's not first round for me. He scares me to death." Wonderlic was 21. "He probably has as much talent as anybody but he, like a lot of those Ohio State guys, is inconsistent," said a third scout. "He squats, and receivers run by him. He's more in catch-up mode than reaction mode. He bothers me a little bit."
This anonymous scout quote abt OSU's Eli Apple was, um, interesting:"The kid has no life skills. At all. Can't cook" https://t.co/03a8Tn3F6V— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 27, 2016
Obviously part of a scout's job is to have opinion on prospects, and if he really thinks that Apple might struggle away from the field, that's a valid concern. At the same time, citing an inability to cook seems like just about the strangest way possible to express that.
Especially when you consider this: Apple actually can cook! Or at least, he can learn pretty easily, according to his mom.
She went on Twitter and shot down the "analysis" from the anonymous scout.
Btw, Eli's dad is a retired five star chef. We eat well. So stop playing with our name. Next time you say our name, put some respeck on it 😳— Annie Apple (@SurvivinAmerica) April 27, 2016
First off, shout out to Apple's mom for not just standing up for her son, but more importantly putting the facts out there about his upbringing.
And then once Apple's mom started responding, well, the tweets kept coming in.
Eli has made me some fire fried chicken and mac and cheese. The source seems to be pretty unreliable 😂😂— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) April 27, 2016
Clearly the Apple's won this battle, but at the same time, this back-and-forth also proves one more thing: The NFL Draft can't get here soon enough.
Even Eli Apple agrees.