BIO: Four-year starter who posted 55/3/2 as a senior. Led the team in tackles as a junior and sophomore with 85 and 135, respectively.
POSITIVES: Reliable, run-defending safety best in a straight line. Displays a good sense of timing, takes correct angles to the action and flies around the football. Explosive in run defense, plays with a good degree of suddenness and goes for the knockout blow. Intelligent yet at the same time very tough and plays injured.
NEGATIVES: Lacks a quick change of direction and speed to the sidelines. Marginal ball skills.
ANALYSIS: Bogged down with injuries throughout most of his senior campaign, Appel is a solid ball player whose intensity is infectious. Projects as a dime back in the NFL and should be an outstanding special-teams player.