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Joey Porter Jr. Drafted No. 32 Overall By Pittsburgh Steelers

Like father, like son.

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Joey Porter Jr. cornerback with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. After surprisingly falling out of the first round, Porter heard his name called early on Day Two with the first pick in the second round.

Porter was one of the top cornerbacks coming into this year’s draft. He began his career at Penn State in 2019, coming in as a four-star recruit with a ton of upside. Throughout his time with the Nittany Lions, the Bakersfield, California, native appeared in 30 games, registering 94 total tackles, 19 passes defended, and one interception.  

The cornerback cemented himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the country during the 2022 season, starting with a stellar opening performance in Penn State’s 35-31 victory over Purdue back in September. In that game, he set a school record with six pass breakups.

He finished the season with 10 games started at cornerback, totaling 27 tackles and 11 passes defended with a fumble recovery. Porter opted out of the Rose Bowl to prepare for the draft.

Quarterbacks were hesitant to throw at Porter toward the end of his Penn State career due to his phenomenal sense to deflect the ball away from most receivers.

Porter’s father, Joey Porter, played eight seasons with the Steelers, earning a first-team All Pro nod in 2002 and winning the Super Bowl in 2006. The younger Porter will now join a Steelers secondary headlined by Minkah Fitzpatrick.

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Frankie Marzano

Frankie is a senior accounting and economics major from Long Island, NY. You can probably recognize him as the typical Italian-American with slicked back black hair. He is an avid fan of the New York Rangers and Mets, along with every Penn State Athletics team. Follow him on Twitter @frankiemarzano for obnoxious amounts of Rangers and Penn State content or email him at [email protected].

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