New York Giants defensive back Julian Love had a solid rookie campaign despite lacking a definitive position. He can play outside at cornerback, inside at nickel or back at safety.

Bottom line, Love is versatile and that’s what makes him so valuable. On top of that, he’s got good athletic skills, solid instincts and a willingness to do whatever is needed.

Back in May, Pro Football Focus pegged Love as the most-underrated Giant headed into 2020, and it would appear as if those at ESPN agree.

ESPN included Love on their list of 25 young players who could have a breakout season in 2020.

One of the youngest players on the list, Love was an easy middle-of-the-field pick for the Giants in the middle rounds of the draft, and one of the few players who showed that Dave Gettleman recognizes that the passing game exists. Love essentially didn’t break the lineup until Week 12 but played almost all the Giants’ snaps from Week 13 to the end of the season. Over that span, we have Love credited with 21 targets into his coverage, on which he allowed just 72 yards and one touchdown. He moved from cornerback to strong safety to replace the injured Jabrill Peppers.

Coming out of Notre Dame in 2019, Love was regarded as a very safe fit as an NFL slot corner with great coverage instincts. The combine caused his draft stock some damage because he ran a 4.55 40-yard dash, just under the 4.6 mark that draftniks generally consider too slow for a corner. That was the main grievance that took him out of the top two rounds, even though he broke up 39 passes in his final two seasons for the Irish.

With the selection of Xavier McKinney in the second round, the Giants have the makings of a good nickel or dime set with Love, McKinney and Peppers. We don’t know whether Love will be labeled a safety or corner, but he’s going to play in the middle of the field and he’s going to cause havoc.

The dynamic surrounding Love is an interesting. Everyone seems to recognize his talent and potential, yet he seems to somehow continue flying under-the-radar when discussing the 2020 Giants.

Ultimately, we at Giants Wire side with ESPN on this one. Love may very well become a household name here in 2020.