Over the summer, we’ll be doing a series of video breakdowns of each of the Cincinnati Bengals 2013 NFL Draft class. This is our first-take of Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter, who was drafted in the fourth-round, and will likely be a situational pass-rusher and special team contributor during his rookie year.
Porter’s most productive season came in 2011 as a “joker” linebacker, when he earned first-team All-Big 12 honors after posting 79 tackles, and leading the team with 9.5 sacks and finished second with 17 tackles for loss.
In 2012, A&M changed to a 4-3 front, and Porter was able to show he could handle almost any LB position in any defensive scheme. In particular, Porter showed off his superb coverage ability in both man and zone situations. He finished his senior year with 66 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and 1 interception.
I expect Porter to be groomed to take over one of the outside backer spots. If the team decides to move Vontaze Burfict into the middle, I foresee Porter eventually taking over his weakside spot. But if the team is sold on Tez at WLB, and Rey Maualuga at MLB, then perhaps he’ll take over the SLB spot once James Harrison’s contract is up.