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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Review - CB Joey Porter Jr.


Photo: AP Photo/Barry Reeger




Player Description



Name: Joey Porter Jr. Position: Cornerback

College: Penn State Uniform Number: #31

Class: Redshirt Junior Height: 6-2

Weight: 194 lbs Projected Round: Mid-1st to 2nd round

 

Strengths:

  • Ideal size and build for his position in the NFL

  • Elite-level length

  • Quick feet and fluidity in open space

  • long-strider speed - able to blanket receivers effectively with it

  • Speed can be used in blitz packages

  • High-level ball skills

  • Highly instinctive

  • Great route recognition skills

  • Excellent recovery ability

  • Above average athleticism

  • Improved physicality at the top of routes

  • Willing tackler

  • Rarely fooled on double moves or screens

  • Solid in press coverage


 

Weaknesses:


The most noticeable weakness for Joey Porter is at the line of scrimmage in press coverage. Often, he fails to establish a jam at the line, which results in opposing receivers beating him on the initial release. In extension, he is susceptible to getting beat underneath or on crossing routes. This could be indicative of questionable short-area speed. As a tackler, Porter Jr. needs to do a better job viewing his target and lowering his shoulders when engaging. When playing on the outside, he sometimes gets lost in coverage due to struggles when transitioning out of his backpedal. Can be overly aggressive with his hands throughout the stem of a route, leading to unnecessary penalties in certain situations.




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