Notre Dame CB Julian Love Highlights Giants' Day 3 Haul At Draft


Cornerback was clearly a point of emphasis for the Giants in this year’s draft.

Two days after selecting Georgia’s Deandre Baker late in the first round, Big Blue grabbed two more corners Saturday. They also added help at linebacker, wide receiver and the offensive and defensive lines.

Here’s a look at the players the Giants drafted Saturday:


Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame (180th overall)

Love was a consensus All-American for the Fighting Irish, registering 63 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries last season.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Love lacks top-end speed (ran a 4.54 40-yard dash) but is a versatile, physical corner who can play inside and outside, and man and zone. He is also known for his strong instincts and ball skills.

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But Love told the Giants’ Big Blue Kickoff on Saturday that he prides himself most on his physicality.

“I play a very physical brand of football,” he said. “I don’t shy away from anything. I take everything head-on because that’s how the game of football should be played.”


Ryan Connelly, ILB, Wisconsin (143rd overall)

At 6 feet 2 inches, 242 pounds, Connelly has good size and speed (4.66 in the 40-yard dash at the combine). Scouts like his awareness, toughness, effort and the way he shoots the gaps defending the run. As for weaknesses, he has short arms and can improve in getting off blocks.

As a senior at Wisconsin, Connelly had 89 tackles, 10 tackles for losses and three sacks.

Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn (171st overall)

Slayton gives the Giants a burner with decent size at wide receiver. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder ran a 4.39 40 at the combine and averaged over 20 yards a catch over his college career. Last season, Slayton had 35 receptions for 670 yards and five touchdowns for Auburn.

His hands, however, are inconsistent, and there’s room for improvement when it comes to his route-running and getting off press coverage, scouting reports say.


Corey Ballentine, CB, Washburn (180th overall)

The 5-foot-11, 196-pound corner runs an impressive 4.47 40 and is said to have good awareness and route-recognition skills. He has the skills to play both outside and in the slot. His size, however, presents concerns about how he’ll match up against bigger receivers in the NFL.

Playing for Division II Wasburn last season, Ballentine had 50 tackles and three interceptions last season.


George Asafo-Adjei, OL, Kentucky (232nd overall)

Depth along the offensive line has been a concern for the Giants the past couple of seasons, and they’re hoping Asafo-Adjei can help fix that problem. He has good size (6-5, 315) and strength, and he played 48 games against strong competition in the SEC. Scouts believe he’ll be a project with decent upside in the NFL.

Starting at right tackle, he blocked for running back Benny Snell, who rushed for 1,449 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

Asafo-Adjei was born in the Bronx but moved with his family to Ohio as a child.

Chris Slayton, DT, Syracuse (245th overall)

The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Slayton is known for his good hand work and nonstop motor, but he’s not thought to be especially athletic or a good pass rusher. He also is often slow to locate the ball at times, scouting reports say.

Slayton had 24 tackles, eight for losses and 3½ sacks as a senior for the Orange.