Joey Porter Jr.
Joey Porter Jr.  CB  Penn State | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Joey Porter Jr.
Penn State
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Joey Porter Jr. CB Penn State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Joey Porter Jr. CB Penn State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

ROLE: Outside Man/Press CB
Last Updated: 04/03/2023
Draft Year: 2023
40 time: 4.46 seconds (64%*)
Age: 23.10 DOB: 07/26/2000
Height: 6-2 (92%*) Weight: 193 (51%*)
Hands: 10 (87%*) Arm: 34 (95%*) Span: 80 7/8 (81%*)
Forty: 4.46 (C) (64%*) Ten Yard: 1.50 (C) (87%*)
Vertical: 35 (C) (36%*) Broad: 129 (C) (89%*)
Bench: 17 (C) (73%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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ROLE: Outside Man/Press CB
Last Updated: 04/03/2023
Draft Year: 2023
40 time: 4.46 seconds (64%*)
Age: 23.10 DOB: 07/26/2000
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Height: 6-2 (92%*) Weight: 193 (51%*)
Hands: 10 (87%*) Arm: 34 (95%*)
Span: 80 7/8 (81%*)
Forty: 4.46 (C) (64%*)
10 Yard: 1.50 (C) (87%*)
Vertical: 35 (C) (36%*) Broad: 129 (C) (89%*)
Bench: 17 (C) (73%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
Overall Rating: 88.7 / 100
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QB Rating When targeted: 73.7
Run Defense:
Overall Rank: #14 Position rank: #4
College Games: 35 College Snaps: 1704
Grade: 4 ESPN  Stars 4 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 81/100
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #30 Pos Rank: #19 State Rank: #2
College Combine Results
Grade: 247 Sports 4  Stars 247 Sports 89 Stars 247 RATING: 89/100
Ovr Rank: #234 Pos Rank: #24
Grade: 3 Stars 3 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.7 (93%)
Pittsburgh Steelers Drafted: ROUND: 2 - Pick Number: 32 (PIT)
Draft Profile: Bio
Joey Porter Jr. the son of the former Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, and Arizona Cardinals linebacker, attended North Allegheny High School and was rated a 4-star prospect by 247 Sports with a scout's rating of 0.890. Following high school, Porter opted to join Penn State after being heavily recruited.

In 2019 as a freshman Porter Jr. saw action in 4 games and played a total of 80 snaps at cornerback for the Nittany Lions. He recorded just 3 tackles, an assist, while adding no stops. In coverage Porter Jr. notched up one pass breakup, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 156.3.

As a sophomore in 2020 he played in 8 games and logged 415 snaps for the Nittany Lions. He made 28 tackles, 4 assists, and had 8 stops. In coverage, he totaled 2 pass breakups, no interceptions, and a disapointing QB rating when targetted of 127.0.

In 2021 as a junior Porter Jr. played in 13 games and contributed on 769 snaps. He chalked up 46 tackles, 9 assists, and added 14 stops. In the secondary, Porter Jr. forced 3 pass breakups, one interception, and gave up a much improved QB rating when targetted of 84.7.

In 2022 as a senior took his game to an elite level seeing action in 10 games while playing 440 snaps he logged 24 tackles, 4 assists, made 5 stops. In coverage, Porter had 9 pass breakups and surrendered a QB rating when targetted of 63.6.
Honors & awards
  • 2022 Named All-America second team by the AFCA, Associated Press, FWAA, Walter Camp Football Foundation and CBS Sports
  • 2022 Named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media
  • 2022 Tabbed first-team AP All-Big Ten
  • 2022 Named Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten second team
  • 2022 Earned the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player
  • 2022 Jim Thorpe Award, Chuck Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy semifinalist
  • 2022 Earned the Bednarik Award National Player of the Week (9/6)
  • 2022 Named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Lott IMPACT Trophy watch lists
  • 2022 Named preseason All-Big Ten second team by Pro Football Focus
  • 2021 Named Third-Team All-Big Ten by the Coaches and Honorable Mention by the Media
  • 2021 Made 13 Starts at Cornerback
  • 2021 Finished with 51 Tackles (40 Solo), One Forced Fumble, One Interception, and Four Pass Breakups
  • 2021 Named the Coaching Staff's Defensive Player of the Week Following the Auburn Game (9/18)
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Has the fluidity, speed and quick feet to come down and defend slot receivers in man coverage. Porter also does a nice job breaking down in space as a tackler after the catch.
  • Long and lean and a very fluid mover. He shows good route recognition and the ability to transition out of his backpedal and close on the ball fast.
  • He has the core and lower-body strength to escort receivers to the sideline when working deep. He showed tremendous instincts with his eyes on the backfield last year, quick when transitioning out of his backpedal.
  • Tracks the ball well and has the natural ball skills for forcing turnovers.
  • He’ll line up in press at times, where Porter has a quick and powerful punch. His ball skills are good, and he plays with an extremely confident and competitive demeanor.
  • Has the quick, agile feet and fluid hips to mirror quickness and change direction underneath. But he’s at his best facing the action.
  • His length and leaping ability allow him to high-point the ball and make plays. Porter would have had bigger interception numbers in college had opposing quarterbacks not gone out of their way to avoid him.
  • Mental Acuity - Processing Speed. Experience in his blood
  • Excellent Body Control
  • Playmaking Ability
  • Trigger Quickly on Designed Screens
  • Ability to Shade Past Blockers
  • Physical and Competitive at Catch Point
  • Clog Lanes Upfield with Length
  • Lead with Shoulder and Wrap Up
  • Has the power in the run game to envelop RBs as a Tackler
  • Schematically Versatile
  • Incredible Reach and Influence
  • Effective Tackling and Tackling Radius
  • Flip Hips and Carry Routes While Engaged
  • Top-Flight Physical Tools
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Struggles to transition and drive out of his backpedal when playing off-man. Like a lot of physical corners at the collegiate level, he’s too handsy downfield at this point.
  • Aggressiveness can get the better of him in advanced route combinations
  • Opposing offenses can throw screens and picks at him
  • Flagged for a handful of penalties last season
  • Tendency to be too grabby with his hands
  • Needs to bulk up his frame
  • Lacks great foot speed and balance
  • 180-degree transitions not always fast or smooth
  • Technique needs further refinement
  • Plays too tall in his stance and can be uncompressed
  • Struggles to sink his hips and transition back toward the ball
  • Struggles to decelerate quickly when tracking WRs
Scouting Report: Summary
Joey Porter Jr. is a super-talented cornerback who has improved each and every year at college until 2022 where he played at an elite level. He brings a level of athleticism, has excellent physical traits, has an understanding of the nuances of the position, combined with schematic versatility and the overall skills that makes him a top prospect.

Some teams may view him as a safety prospect due to his size and impact as a run defender, however, that would be a waste of his skill set as he's a special cornerback with the potential to be the first defensive back picked in the 2023 NFL Draft.

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*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.