Joey Porter Jr.
High-End Starter Potential
At 6-2 195lbs, Joey Porter Jr. is excellent in man coverage on the outside, but a role in the slot might be warranted for a few reasons. His ability to body bigger receivers and TE's in the slot and his presence in the run game will be discussed ad nausea during the NFL draft combine season. But his ability to play vs. bigger outside receivers makes it a more difficult decision due to his elite length and fluid hips. There are some negatives. He could be more solid in zone defense. At times on film, he lacks the closing speed needed in the NFL to play in a zone-based scheme. He can also be a little too aggressive in coverage, an area he needed to clean up in 2022 after a rocky 2021 season where he was flagged in coverage ten times vs. three times in 2022.
PLAYSTYLE & SCHEME FIT
In terms of his NFL scheme fit, Porter Jr. would be a good fit for a team that plays a press-man coverage scheme or a Cover 3 defense. His size and physicality make him a good candidate to play on the boundary, where he can use his length to disrupt receivers and make plays on the ball. He also has good speed and agility, which would allow him to play in zone coverage and effectively break on the ball.