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2019 NFL Draft: Notre Dame CB Julian Love gets drafted by the New York Giants

Consenus All-American drops to the fourth round.

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Julian Love
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Julian Love, who forwent his senior season to pursue a professional career, was selected Saturday by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

The 5-foot-11, 195 pound cornerback was the 12th from his position picked in the draft, 108th overall.

Love was a consensus All-American in his final year for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, during which he recorded 63 tackles, 16 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and one interception.

Love’s four-year rookie year contract will be worth $3,290,848, with a signing bonus of $770,848, according to Over The Cap.

There’s a common reaction when a player with a year of eligibility left goes much lower than mock draft analysts believe he will go. I’m urging you to resist the criticism that Love should have returned.

Love will be paid more than a million dollars to play football next year, as opposed to free. If he returns for his senior season, there’s no guarantee he repeats his junior season and there’s also a chance of injury. Stanford Cardinal running back Bryce Love, for example, was once considered a first-round talent. He returned for his senior season, tore his ACL and just got picked after Love.

The Giants have one former Irish football player on their team. The NFC East team signed WR Golden Tate to a four year, $37 million contract in the offseason.

The Giants previous picked Duke Blue Devils quarterback Daniel Jones sixth overall, Clemson Tigers defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence 17th overall, Georgia Bulldogs cornerback Deandre Baker 30th overall, Old Dominion Monarchs edge player Oshane Ximines in the third round (95th overall) and now Love.

The team also picked up Sam Beal, a cornerback for the Western Michigan Broncos, in the third round of last year’s supplemental draft. Beal suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the entire season.

Read more at Big Blue View, SB Nation’s Giants site.