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Giants bolster secondary with Notre Dame cornerback

The Giants continued a surge toward defense on Saturday, taking cornerback Julian Love from Notre Dame in the fourth round of the NFL draft.

After going with quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick, general manager Dave Gettleman turned his attention to fixing some of the problems on his bad 2018 defense. The next four picks were all defensive players: The first round added defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence from Clemson and cornerback Deandre Baker from Georgia and the third round brought in edge rusher Oshane Ximines, who set a school record with 33 sacks at Old Dominion.

Love figures to check a box as a nickel corner, as he is not very big (5-foot-11) and lined up often in the slot at Notre Dame. He has five career interceptions and started 34 games in his three years for the Fighting Irish.

“I’m from Chicago, I think I’m a pretty physical player,’’ Love said. “I think my skill-set allows me to be inside, which is good.’’

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The Giants are loading up on young cornerbacks. They took players at that position with two of their first four picks in the draft and have stashed on the roster Sam Beal, a 2018 supplemental draft pick who spent his entire rookie year on injured reserve following shoulder surgery. Grant Haley, undrafted last year, is also on the roster.

The only proven veteran corner on the team is Janoris Jenkins, who has two years remaining on his contract. He is set to make $10.1 million in salary this season and count $14.75 million on the salary cap. It is difficult to see the Giants trying to trade Jenkins, as that would leave defensive coordinator James Bettcher without an experienced cornerback in the secondary.

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