With the 108th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love. Here are five things to know about the new Giant:
1. Love broke the Notre Dame record for career pass break-ups while leading team in the category last season with 15. He ranked second in the FBS in 2017 with a school-record 20 pass break-ups.
2. One of three finalists for the 2018 Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive back, Love recorded 61 total tackles with 3.0 TFLs, a QB hurry and three fumble recoveries. He was one of 16 players in the nation with at least three fumble recoveries. He returned one for a TD against Virginia Tech, while adding a late interception in win over the 24th-ranked Hokies.
3. NFL.com scouting report: Highly instinctive and quick to process and respond. Posted 32 pass breakups and 4 interceptions over last two years at Notre Dame. Low, smooth backpedal and unwilling to panic and open early. Inspiring ability to mirror and match with quick, quiet feet. Anticipates routes and runs them for the wideout. Consistent level of coverage in zone or man. Never far from the route. Drives in front of catch point to make plays. Times hand swipes around the face of crossing routes. Can scrape the catch loose or dislodge it with some force. High-level technician operating with plus-body control.
4. Measurables: Height – 5-11; Weight – 195 lbs.; Arms – 31 ¾”; Hands – 9”; 40-yard dash – 4.54 sec.; Bench press – 14 reps; Broad jump – 121”; 3-cone drill – 6.72 sec.; 20-yard shuttle – 4.1 sec.
5. A defensive back prospect from the Chicagoland area, Love helped Nazareth Academy to two Illinois High School Association Class 5A Championships, including an undefeated season in 2014. He was also a force on offense, rushing for 1,067 yards and 18 TDs on 104 carries (10.3 yards per carry).