Porter is a very athletic LB, one who would be very well suited in coverage. He always makes his way to the ball, whether in the air or being carried by another player. Porter isn’t going to give crazy turnovers or devastating hits, but what you get with him is a very solid player who has a knack for getting to where the ball is. He has enough burst to get off the line of scrimmage and rush the passer, which could add another element to this defense.
Yes, James Harrison is already here and is going to be a starter, but this gives Porter a mentor this season. He is also fluid and fast enough to cover TEs and players in the slot, which is what he did a lot more of during his 2012 campaign.
Special Teams Coordinator Darrin Simmons is a big fan of what 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 both 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. 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.