Penn State Football cornerback Joey Porter Jr. is widely viewed as one of the premier prospects at the position in this year’s NFL Draft class, but that doesn’t ensure he’ll be one of the first players chosen.
Porter Jr. is aiming to become the third Nittany Lions player chosen in the first-round in as many seasons, and has helped himself this offseason following strong performances at the NFL Combine and during the program’s pro day last month.
But, at least one NFL mock draft projection has Porter Jr. sliding down the board.
Viewed by many inside the league as a potential top-15 pick, NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein has Porter. Jr. falling to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 24 pick:
Need meets talent here. Porter has the ability — and, as the son of former linebacker Joey Porter, the NFL bloodlines — to come in and compete for a starting spot right away.
How Penn State Football CB Joey Porter Jr. Fits Jaguars
In a passing league, and in a conference that features Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow, Josh Allen, and Justin Herbert as elite roadblocks to the Jaguars appearing in a Super Bowl, Porter Jr. could bring stability to Jacksonville’s secondary.
At 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds, Porter Jr. produced 21 solo tackles last season, and broke up eight passes, while rarely being targeted by opposing quarterbacks.
Cornerback might be the weakest position group on a developing Jaguars’ defense, as Jacksonville is projected to start Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams at corner next season.
Porter Jr. would be significant value with meaningful upside for the Jaguars, if he makes it to No. 24. Although, the son of Steelers legend Joey Porter and one of the Lions’ premier defenders the past two seasons would certainly hope to hear his name called earlier.
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