2019-05-26 13:48:181 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Giants fourth-round pick Julian Love makes tackle against NC State. (Image Source: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The New York Giants had 10 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, including six Day 3 selections. As we take the Giants “Off the Clock,” we’ll breakdown all 10 of their draft picks, continuing with the their fourth-round choice:
Round 4; Pick 6 (108th Overall): CB Julian Love, Notre Dame
Measurables: The Notre Dame product has an interesting build. He’s on the short end for a cornerback at 5’ 10 ¾” but has above-average bulk at 195 pounds. He has long arms (31 ¾”) but not a long wingspan (75 3/8”) with small hands (9”). Love’s 4.54 40-time hurt his draft stock, while his vertical jump (36”) and broad jump (121”) were in the average range for a corner. Where he impressed the most at the NFL Scouting Combine was with his 6.72 three-cone time, an elite number, with a very solid 4.1 short shuttle.
Skill Set: A playmaker with excellent ball skills, Love has very quick feet, which allows him to mirror receivers in coverage. At Notre Dame, he flashed the ability to play both inside and outside, so he offers versatility. Also, was a solid tackler. Productive and instinctive, Love anticipates well which allows him to be near the ball more often than not. Solid technique.
Value: I thought the Giants got a real steal with this pick. Love is a Day 2 talent who went about a round later than many believe he should have. David Gettleman did a nice job with this selection.
Need: Yes, the Giants already selected a cornerback in the first round in Deandre Baker, but the lack of talent at the position warranted multiple selections which makes me really love this pick. Veteran Janoris Jenkins is the only proven NFL-caliber cornerback so they needed to add depth at the position, which they did when they called Love’s name.
Mogollon’s Pick: Surprised that Love is still on the board, I’m 100 percent in agreement with New York’s thinking. Best player on the board meets need, which made this a no brainer.
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Who Else Did They Pass Up? Other cornerbacks still on the board were Ohio State’s Kendall Sheffield (No. 111), Iman Marshall out of USC (No. 127), and Houston’s Isaiah Johnson (No. 129). They could have doubled down on edge rushers and gone with Alabama’s Christian Miller (No. 115). Defensive coordinator James Bettcher is known for using multiple safeties in unique ways, so Michigan State’s Khari Willis (No. 109) and Iowa’s Amani Hooker (No. 116) would have been interesting choices as well.
The Fit: The Golden Domer might be a bit finesse for James Bettcher who prefers cornerbacks who can be very physical at the point of attack. Nevertheless, Love rarely gives up a lot of ground in coverage and has the footwork to mirror receivers. Bottom line, he’s capable of handling man coverage duties.
2019 Outlook & Beyond: While Love certainly has some limitations I believe he has the potential to start in this league. While he’s likely behind Sam Beal and Deandre Baker in the projected pecking order, don’t be surprised if Love pushes his fellow neophytes for playing time this season. Expect the competition to be pretty open. He should be a big part of the defense this year, either as a boundary or slot cornerback. The Giants will be very pleased if Love grabs the No. 3 cornerback role and stabilizes the position for years to come, as a core part of their pass defense.
Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: email@example.com.
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