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Joey Porter Jr. could break one more Penn State record

Penn State’s Joey Porter Jr. is eying one final Nittany Lion record this spring.

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Oct 23, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Joey Porter Jr. (9) gestures to the crowd against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the second half at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Most Penn State Nittany Lions fans could not tell you when the last time PSU had a defensive back go in the first round of the NFL Draft, which makes sense, because it has never happened. That record could break as Penn State standout corner Joey Porter Jr. is projected to go in the first round by just about every media outlet and mock draft. Can the Nittany Lions’ star break one more Penn State record before starting his NFL career?

Joey Porter Jr. could break Penn State record in NFL Draft

Throughout his career with the Penn State Nittany Lions, Joey Porter Jr. quickly became a fan favorite. Anyone who has watched Penn State play over the past few seasons knows that Porter is one of the best — if not THE best — in his class. Joey Porter Jr. uses his massive frame — standing at 6-2 and weighing in at 195 lbs — to lock wideouts up right at the line.

Throughout his Penn State football career, Porter earned many notable accolades for his on-field performance. During his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons (2020-2021) Porter earned All-Big Ten (3rd team) honors in both seasons. In his most recent year in the Blue and White, Joey Porter Jr. turned into a star and earned All-America (2nd team) and All-Big Ten (1st team) honors for his performance.

Porter expected to go in first round

Just about anyone you ask will place Penn State’s Joey Porter Jr. as a first round draft pick this April, including NFL.com’s most recent mock draft from analyst Bucky Brooks. According to Brooks, Porter Jr. is staying in Pennsylvania and going No. 17 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Porter goes between picks 1-32, he will be the first Nittany Lion defensive back to be taken in the first round… ever. He will also be the first Penn State corner taken above the third round — the Nittany Lions have seen two safeties go as early as the second round, though no one else has been taken until the third.



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