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Joey Porter Jr.: Round 2, Pick 32

Updated: May 29, 2023


Photo of Joey Porter Jr.


JOEY PORTER JR.


• Class - Redshirt Junior

• Position - CB

• Height - 6-2

• Weight - 194

• High School - North Allegheny (Pa.)

• H.S. Coach - Art Walker


Steelers Rationale: The Steelers moved up in round one of the 2023 NFL Draft to nab Broderick Jones, a blue-chip left tackle from Georgia, skipping the other position of need—cornerback. Fans of the Black & Gold were secretly hoping that Joey Porter Jr. would slide to them at the top of the second round and the Draft Fairy granted them their wish. A son of Steeler Nation returns with the hope of carrying on his father’s legacy as a hard-hitting, intense leader, stepping in to help an ailing secondary.


Joey Porter Jr. on the field in his jersey.


Interest in Porter goes much farther than nepotism. He’s a physical corner at an imposing 6’3”

with long arms and pro speed, enough to have him listed by most scouting services as a mid-

first round pick. He plays mean and is a willing tackler, often redirecting receivers from their

routes. He will improve over time with pro coaching and technique building, but when he does,

he can be elite at the pro level.


Some scouts lament his lack of interceptions (a potential “hands” problem) but many collegiate

quarterbacks did their best to look away from him and his assignments, diminishing his pool of

opportunities to make play on the ball. Often criticized for losing momentum out of his breaks,

Porter will need to address this in the pros, but he has the talent and athleticism to do it if he is

coachable.


Sliding to the top of round two was a gift for the Steelers and perhaps Porter, too, as he can now

do the work he needs to polish his game without the pressures of being a first round pick—and

carrying with it “plug and play starter” expectations.


Joey Porter Jr. celebrating on the field.


It is Draft 412’s belief that Porter will excel at this level and may even use his slide to the second

round as motivation to reach his potential. A tutorial from veteran Patrick Peterson will surely

help, but Steeler fans should enjoy cheering for another Joey Porter on defense for the next

decade.


Player History:


Records Set:


  • Six pass breakups at Purdue set a school record. The six breakups tied a then-Big Ten record for a single game with Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis (vs. Michigan State, 2015) and Minnesota’s Michael Carter (vs. Purdue, 2012). Notable: The six breakups are tied for the second-most in an FBS game this season.


Joey Porter Jr. celebrating on the field.


• REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON Awards:

  • Postseason: Named All-America second team by the AFCA, Associated Press, FWAA,

  • Walter Camp Football Foundation and CBS Sports.

  • Named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media

  • Tabbed first-team AP All-Big Ten

  • Named Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten second team

  • Earned the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player

  • Midseason: Was a Jim Thorpe Award, Chuck Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy

  • semifinalist.

  • Weekly: Earned the Bednarik Award National Player of the Week (9/6).

  • Preseason: Named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Lott IMPACT Trophy watch lists

  • Named preseason All-Big Ten second team by Pro Football Focus.

  • Season: Has started ten games at cornerback, recording 27 tackles (21 solo), 11 pass

  • breakups and a fumble recovery.

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