Joey Porter Jr. selected in second round of 2023 NFL Draft
Joey Porter Jr. has NFL bloodlines as the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro linebacker Joey Porter. Now, he’s following in his father’s footsteps.
Porter became a second-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected him with the 32nd overall pick out of Penn State. It truly is a full-circle moment for the Porter family.
Porter joined James Franklin’s program as a 4-star prospect in the 2019 recruiting class and went on to have a productive career for the Nittany Lions. Though he registered just 1 interception during his college career, Porter often drew the assignment of guarding the opposing team’s best receiver.
As a senior in 2022, Porter registered 11 pass breakups in 10 games played and routinely impacted the passing game of the opposition. He finished his college career with 113 tackles, 2 TFL, a sack, an interception and 20 pass breakups in 4 seasons.
Joey Porter Jr.’s overall athleticism and measurables were impressive at the NFL Combine. He ran a sub-4.5 time in the 40-yard dash while measuring at 6-foot-2.5 with 34″ arms.
Porter’s wingspan measured at 80 7/8″, putting him in the mix as one of the largest wingspans for a cornerback at the combine since 2003.
The length of cornerbacks Joey Porter Jr. (@PennStateFball) and Julius Brents (@KStateFB) was on display at the 2023 NFL Combine.
Both cornerbacks measured in with 34″ arms, tied for the 5th-longest arm length by any cornerback since 2003. pic.twitter.com/1pj9oCke11
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) March 4, 2023
The cornerback class in this year’s draft was particularly deep, and Porter has the size and ability to make a case as the best player at his position from the 2023 NFL Draft down the road.