Cincinnati Bengals Special Teams Coordinator Darrin Simmons is a big fan of what fourth-round linebacker Sean Porter has to bring to a linebacking corps that struggled from pass-coverage standpoint.
He loves the way the Porter moves and his versatility in bot h a 4-3 and 3-4 defense playing as a pass-rusher and pure linebacker. However, Simmons knows the 6-1, 237-pound Porter has to put on some weight if he’s to hold up in his rookie year. Otherwise, he could find himself not playing or even injured.
“But he’s got to bulk up. He’s got to get bigger. He’s got to be stronger,” Simmons says. “He’s going to find out the AFC North is a tough butt division.”
When you’re drafting players that improve the bottom of your roster and don’t have to play right away, then that’s a good thing.”
During his junior season in 2011, Porter generated 9.5 quarterback sacks and 17.0 tackles for loss, but that was lining up primarily as a pass-rusher in the same way Texas A&M used current Denver Broncos All-Pro Von Miller. In 2012, Kevin Sumlin came in and made Porter a true 4-3 outside linebacker and saw a dip in production (66 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 interception), but that’s what he’s projected to play for the Bengals.
Be sure to check out our scouting video on him, and for the most in-depth breakdown on the internet of Porter, check-out Joe Goodberry’s write-up of him on DraftBengals.com.