Joey Porter would love to follow in his father’s cleat marks and land with Steelers

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Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. has spent time in the Steelers’ locker room and gone one-on-one against former receiver Antonio Brown. He already has a relationship with coach Mike Tomlin, too, having played with Tomlin’s son, Dino, at North Catholic High School.

Being drafted by the Steelers would mean staying home.

“I think it would probably mean a lot for me and my family, being in the Pittsburgh area for a little bit now,” Porter said. “Staying at home would mean a lot.”

The Steelers selected Porter’s father, Joey Sr., in the third round of the 1999 draft, and he spent eight seasons in Pittsburgh. Porter also served as an assistant coach with the Steelers from 2015-18.

Porter Jr. is expected to become the first Penn State defensive back ever selected in the first round. He could go even higher than the Steelers’ 17th pick in the first round.

Five cornerbacks could hear their names in the first round, with Porter, Oregon’s Christian Gonzalez and Illinois’ Devon Witherspoon at the top of draft boards at the position.

“I feel like I’m CB1 for a reason,” Porter said. “I feel like I’m the best corner here, so I’m just here to really show my talents and prove why.”

Some mock drafts project one of the Steelers’ rivals, the Ravens, to select Porter at No. 22. Porter said he will be excited by whoever drafts him.

“I really never had no ill will toward Baltimore,” Porter said. “That was probably more of my dad and since his whole rivalry with them. I just love the game of football, so if I end up there, that would be a blessing.”

9 responses to “Joey Porter would love to follow in his father’s cleat marks and land with Steelers

  1. I’d love to see him go to the other side of the state and get drafted by the Eagles.

  2. He seems right in line with how Pittsburgh’s been picking. Too early to tell but Tomlin wont play favorites so if he goes there he’ll have earned it

  3. Steelers are awful at drafting CBs and guy is not fast enough to be a CB2. Hard pass…draft O line or D lineman at 17. If he falls to #32, maybe consider it.

  4. He would look awesome opposite Marlon, but I agree that he won’t make it to 22. I think the Ravens will wind up taking the best WR on their board at 22

  5. Move along kid. Don’t want you or your dad’s tired act. Had enough of him, don’t need more of it. Need an O-Lineman like Paris Johnson!

  6. I imagine Joey Porter kept in touch with his former teammates who told them how Tebow broke the Steelers and how they never recovered. Just a few playoff wins and a lot of one and dones.

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