Former Irish stars Love, Boykin hope to get picked in second night of NFL Draft

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After watching their teammate Jerry Tillery get selected in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night, former Irish stars Julian Love and Miles Boykin could hear their names called Friday during the second and third rounds.

Love, the record-setting junior cornerback, decided to leave school early and declare for the draft after his junior season, a season where he was named a first-team AP All-American. He was also named a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's best collegiate defensive back.

He started every game his sophomore and junior seasons, recording 32 pass breakups and four interceptions over that span, including a school single-season record 20 pass breakups in 2017.

NFL scouts say the Chicago native is a highly instinctive cover corner with good feet, hips, instincts, and competitiveness - all qualities you want in an NFL corner.

Scouts say they would like to see more physicality from Love, and he doesn't have blazing speed, but is projected to be a mid-late second round pick.

At Notre Dame's Pro Day, Love said he would be a great addition to any locker room.

"I do everything I'm asked," Love said. "I'm dependable on the field, off the field, and I have fun. I'm a guy who works, doesn't say too much, no drama at all, and you're getting a worker. Midwest, tough kid."

Love's teammate and fellow Chicago native, WR Miles Boykin, also hopes to hear his name called Friday night.

The big wide-out led the Irish in receiving this past season with 59 receptions for 872 yards and 8 TDs. He won the MVP award in the Citrus Bowl following the 2017 season, but other than that, doesn't have a whole lot of production.

What he does have though, is great size and athletic ability.

He's 6'4, 220 lbs., and lit up the NFL Combine with a 4.42 40-yard dash time, and posting a 43.5 inch vertical leap.

It's that raw potential that have teams interested in Boykin, and he believes he can bring something to the NFL that no other team has.

"I'm unique," Boykin said. "They haven't really seen to many like me, but just things I can do on the field. I'm versatile, I can play anywhere on the field. I'm smart, I can come in and learn an offense, and character. When you draft Notre Dame guys, you get a character guy."

Boykin projects as a likely second or third round pick.

For the rest of Notre Dame's draft hopefuls, including linebackers Drue Tranquill and Te'von Coney, it'll likely be another night of watching and waiting. They're projected to be picked tomorrow, the final day of the NFL Draft, during rounds 4-7.