3. Julian Love, Notre Dame
5-11, 195: A playmaking machine, he overcame the lack of interceptions – just five in his three-year career – by making a whole lot of plays with 36 broken up passes over the last two years.
No, he’s not all that big, but he’ll help the cause against the run, making 176 career stops and doing a great job in the open field. The problem is that he’s missing some of the superstar basics.
The top-end wheels aren’t there, and while he’ll fight, he’s not big enough to hold up if he has to battle against the bigger receivers. He might not be the perfect all-around NFL cover prospect, but he’s a great football player who’ll find a way to stay around the league for a long time.
As long as he’s not dealing with the smallish blazer receiver, or the 6-5 monsters, put him out there and don’t worry.
Projected Round: Second
Real Value: Second