Outside linebacker Sean Porter is also a prospect to watch. He’s projected as a third-round pick, and could be a nice pickup if the Bengals move Vontaze Burfict to the middle and don’t re-sign Thomas Howard.
Porter’s stock is on the decline his senior season after having a pretty dominant junior year where he tallied 79 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks along with two passes broken up and a forced fumble. Porter has posted only half of a sack through the team’s first seven games, and just two tackles for loss. There has been really no explanation for the sudden decline in production, other than teams are paying more attention to Porter, who broke out the year after Von Miller graduated and headed off to the NFL. At this point, I think Porter is an undersized linebacker prospect with some upside as a joker pass rusher. He’s not your traditional strongside linebacker, but he offers a little bit more in terms of his ability on third downs.
Other Noteworthy Prospects
Jonathan Stewart, LB