Now while Porter lacks size, he makes up for by being athletic and being productive. In 37 games, he recorded 219 tackles, 28 of them being for losses. That means he averaged 5.91 tackles a game. Along with those stats, he recorded 13.5 sacks and 12 pass defenses. I decided to go a bit deeper and compare that to a player that was taken rounds before Porter, and a rivaling team, the Baltimore Raven’s Arthur Brown. While he also played in 37 games, he had 118 tackles, 10 of them being tackles for losses, making him average 3.18 tackles a game in college. He amassed 2 sacks and 4 passes defended. Now I know that a lot of people were higher on Brown and that he played inside, one can’t forget that Porter changed schemes as well.
All in all, Porter has immense potential. He’s learning from one of the best pass-rushing LBs in the past 7 years. Sean Porter has all the potential to become not only a starter, but a very good player. He’s played as an edge-rusher in college and also as a coverage LB, which shows his versatility. Not many people are talking about him, but don’t be surprised if he ends up starting within another year or two.
With Mike Zimmer helping to coach this guy up, he could reach his potential and continue to build this young defense into the best in the league.