The Giants are bolstering their secondary in the 2019 NFL Draft. First, it was Georgia CB DeAndre Baker that Big Blue traded back into the first round to grab at No. 30. Now, on Day 3, they added Notre Dame CB Julian Love in the fourth round.
Standing at 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, Love is a tad undersized for his position, but his coverage skills are undeniable. A three-year starter for the Irish, Love was a key cog in the secondary and believes he can bring his physical style of play to the Giants next season.
“I think I’m a pretty physical player, I don’t shy away from contact at all,” he told reporters after getting drafted. “If anything, I show a lot of effort, I’m a smart player and I make plays. That’s what I’ve done my whole life and I’m excited to do that going forward. I’m just going to continue to be a playmaker. “
Love’s junior season was his best performance over his career. He had 68 combined tackles and three interceptions, two of which being returned for touchdowns. But it was a senior year to remember when Notre Dame finished their regular season undefeated, and even more important, clinched a spot in the College Football Playoff.
However, it wasn’t the result Love and the Irish wanted to see. Clemson handled Notre Dame nicely to move on to the National Championship while players like Love went home to focus on Draft prep.
It was a deflating feeling that turned into a chip on Love’s shoulder as he comes to the NFL.
“I do, there’s a lot of pride with my friends from Notre Dame and the community,” he said when asked if he has a chip on his shoulder. “I did want to end the perfect season the right way. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do that and I’m carrying that with me. You can’t take anything for granted. You have to finish the job no matter what. That’s definitely on my mind, in the back of my head.”
As for his fit on the Giants, Love’s size and experience at Notre Dame would make him a perfect slot cornerback. The Giants will have to see first-hand who will fit where with now three new corners on the team after selecting Washburn’s Corey Ballentine in the sixth round.
Love doesn’t mind where he ends up as long as it’s between the hashes.
“I think my skillset allows me to be inside, which is great,” the Illinois native said. “I can play outside or inside. Wherever they need me, I am going to compete to the best of my abilites.”