Steelers Draft Grades: Omar Khan scores big in his first NFL Draft as GM

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Steelers Draft Grades Round 2:

Round 2 – Cornerback – Joey Porter Jr. – 6’-2”, 205 lbs.

After looking at all available video I’m not on the Porter hype train. I think he’s way too grabby and his read, react and recovery times are slow. That could translate into many penalties in the NFL. His stat sheet wasn’t that great, either. In 31 starts Porter had 113 tackles, 2.0 for a loss, 1.0 sack, 1 interception, and 20 pass deflections.

Still, his pedigree is great and he has the athleticism and competitive spirit to develop into a good starter. He’s very physical and can reroute wide receivers on the sidelines. At the Combine, he ran a 4.46 forty and had a vertical jump of 35’’ and a broad jump of 10’ 9’’.

I said in my Mock Draft I thought Pro Bowl CB, Patrick Peterson, was brought in, in part, to mentor Porter. I was sure they were going to take him in the 1st Rd. I also said I wouldn’t take Porter until the 3rd Rd. He was projected to go in the 1st Rd, so, getting him the 2nd Rd may prove to be a bargain.

In that same mock, my alternate 2nd Rd pick was CB, Kelee Ringo. He’s a big physical corner whose game is a lot like Porter’s. He’s faster and his react and react times are quicker. He has a much speedier recovery time. Okay, enough grousing. We’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.

I don’t agree with most sports pundits that Porter’s a first year starter. I think he needs time to develop and should be eased into the starting lineup. Anyway, I hope I’m wrong, but I can’t get too excited about this pick.

Grade B-