Troy Apke

Penn St.
S

Prospect Info

College
Penn St.
Hometown
Class
Mount Lebanon, PA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
200 lbs
32 3/8”
Hands
8 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.14
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Washington
Redskins
Round 4 ‧ Pick 9
40 Yard Dash
4.34
Seconds
Bench Press
16
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
41.0
INCHES
Broad Jump
131.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.56
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.03
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Steve Apke was a starting linebacker for Pitt in the 1980s and then suited up for the Steelers as a replacement player during the 1987 season. His son, Troy, took a different path, signing with Penn State as a first-team all-state receiver from Mount Lebanon. He moved to safety for the Nittany Lions, playing in six games as a reserve (two tackles) as a true freshman. Apka started one game in his sophomore and junior seasons, compiling 26 and 28 tackles respectively and intercepting one pass in 2016. He joined fellow senior Marcus Allen as a starter (11 times in 13 games played) during 2017, posting 55 stops, three for losses, an interception and five pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
Overview
Apke's production in key indicators for the position, like ball production and tackle consistency, are lacking. With just one year as a full-time starter, there simply isn't enough impressive tape to get excited about. He has decent size and could put together a solid workout, but may not offer enough range in coverage or thump as a tackler to ever be a full-time contributor. Apke may need to find his niche on special teams to earn any early playing time.
Strengths
  • Showed in spring that he has the ability to beef up into the 210-pound range
  • Gets downhill against the run
  • Plays with good recognition of blocking schemes
  • Urgent to rush into his run fit and do his job
  • Adequate force as a striker
  • High school sprinter with decent straight-line speed
  • Has footwork and enough agility to survive and recover when crossed up by route fakes
  • History of special teams performance will help
  • Was MVP of the NFLPA game
Weaknesses
  • Needs to gain more intel from quarterback when playing on top
  • Below-average recognition and is slow to shade and close on throws
  • Takes questionable angles to throws
  • Needs to take a stand and squeeze a route near goal line rather than guarding grass
  • May lack lateral agility to handle man coverage responsibilities in NFL
  • Missed tackles plague him
  • Will undershoot pursuit angles to the perimeter and is inconsistent striking from a balance posture

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league