Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. announced on Twitter today that he intends to forgo his senior season (as well as his team’s bowl game) in order to prepare for and enter the 2023 NFL Draft. The son of former NFL linebacker Joey Porter just concluded an impressive redshirt junior season that saw him breakup a career high 11 passes.
The younger Porter came to Happy Valley as a consensus four-star recruit and the fourth-best athlete in Pennsylvania out of North Allegheny HS outside Pittsburgh. Porter quickly added 40 pounds to his 6-foot-2, 160-pound frame, giving him a lean, long, NFL-ready physique. He also took his four-star potential out of high school and became the top cornerback on many pundits’ boards coming out of college. He’s a big, physical cornerback with elite speed. There’s not too much to nitpick besides his lack of turnover production.
Porter has been a staple on a Nittany Lions team that has ranked top-10 in scoring defense for each of the past two years. This season Porter held opposing receivers to 5.86 yards per pass attempt under new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz. Over his four years of play, including a true freshman season that saw him appear in only three games, Porter racked up 113 tackles, two for a loss, 20 passes defensed, and one interception.
Porter is widely projected as a first-round pick with some placing him around the early 20s. He’ll compete with Georgia’s Kelee Ringo and Oregon’s Christian Gonzalez to be the top cornerback off the board, according to early predictions from ESPN.
6 comments on “Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr. Declares For Draft”
His dad was the man. Didn’t take anything from nobody.
Porter was a bad man on the field, but he did have a habit of going overboard sometimes. Hopefully Porter Jr. has his dad’s toughness with a little bit of self control to stay in the game. The size is intriguing on its own, but I don’t know enough about his style to predict which fit is best for him.
The bigger Penn State draft news is that Olu Fashanu is returning to school. Which is understandable for a 19-year old, but he would’ve been a first rounder. A lot of teams could use a tackle right now.
Could he have even gone pro if he’s only 19? I thought you had to be 3 years post high school before your first chance to declare?
He’s a redshirt sophomore, so he is three years post high school. I guess he graduated high school early.
no mention of his pterodactyl wings?