Julian Love

Notre Dame
CB

Prospect Info

College
Notre Dame
Hometown
Class
Westchester, IL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
195 lbs
31 3/4”
Hands
9”

Prospect Grade

5.84
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Giants
Giants
Round 4 ‧ Pick 6
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40 Yard Dash
4.54u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
14
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.72
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.1
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Love grew up in the Chicago area, attending Notre Dame football games as a child with his father. At Nazareth Academy, he was a force on offense (104-1,067-10.3, 18 TD rushing; 29-662-22.8, 7 TD receiving) and defense (92 tackles, 15 for loss) for a team that won state titles his junior and senior seasons. It was a natural fit for him to sign with the Irish, who placed him into the starting line-up for the last eight games of his true freshman season (45 tackles, two for loss, one interceptions, three pass breakups in 12 games played). Love started all 13 games in 2017, ranked second in the FBS that year with a school-record 20 pass breakups. He was also credited with 68 tackles and three interceptions on the year, returning two of those picks for touchdowns (vs. Michigan State, N.C. State). Love was a finalist for the Thorpe Award in 2018 and an Associated Press first-team All-American after ranking in the top 10 nationally with 16 pass breakups. He totaled 63 stops, three for loss, one interception, and three fumble recoveries in 13 starts as a junior. He suffered a head injury in the Irish's playoff semifinal loss to Clemson.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 2
NFL Comparison
A.J. Bouye
Overview
Pure and simple, Love is a cover guy who possesses the feet, hips, instincts and competitiveness you want in a corner. He operates with outstanding technique from both man and zone, and his ability to anticipate and recognize routes allows for stickier coverage. He's more finesse than physical and his lack of top speed might need to be schemed around with certain matchups. However, Love’s cover talent, intelligence and ball skills give him a good shot at succeeding outside or from the slot.
Strengths
  • 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
Weaknesses
  • Tough player, but finesse cover guy
  • Might lack length/strength to grapple at catch-point with pro ball winners
  • Could stand to add more play strength to his game
  • Had issues getting banged around at top of the route
  • Needs help over top against NFL burners
  • Unable to crank up a big top gear and carry long speed
  • Gets stuck to big receivers blocking on perimeter
  • Half of his pass breakups in his final season came in two games
  • Better suited for boundary than field corner
Sources Tell Us

"The only thing you are going to worry about with him is that speed. I can't imagine him breaking 4.5 and that number could be closer to 4.55, which is concern since he's not a big physical guy." -- Director of personnel with AFC team

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league