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Sean Porter: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Texas A&M OLB

Matt SteinCorrespondent IIApril 26, 2013

Sean Porter: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Texas A&M OLB

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    While Sean Porter certainly won't get drafted as high as former Texas A&M teammate Von Miller, he has an eerily similar game to Miller. Porter's ceiling, or talent at this level, isn't nearly as high as Miller's, but Porter is a dynamic pass-rusher who simply knows how to make plays.

    Here are five things you need to know about the former Texas A&M linebacker. 

Background

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    Full Name: Sean Porter

    Birthday: Jan. 12, 1991

    Hometown: Schertz, Texas

    High School: Samuel Clemens (Texas) Schertz

    Major: Recreation, Parks and Tourism Science

    Year: Senior

     

    Porter was considered a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 61 overall linebacker in the country.

    His senior season in high school was one of the better statistical seasons in the country. He finished the year with 139 tackles, seven sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery.

Statistics

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    It wasn't until Von Miller left Texas A&M that Sean Porter really started to make an impact. His junior season was easily his most impressive collegiate season.

    While his numbers dropped quite a bit his senior year, it wasn't due to Porter's talents declining. Texas A&M switched from a 3-4 to 4-3 defense Porter's senior season, and it just took him some time to adjust.

    In fact, Porter became a better overall prospect after the switch because his coverage abilities were much improved.

    Year Solo Tackles Total Tackles Tackles for Loss Sacks Interceptions Forced Fumbles
    2009 23 42 4.0 1.0 0 0
    2010 37 74 7.0 0.5 0 0
    2011 50 79 17.0 9.5 0 1
    2012 38 66 6.5 3.5 1 1

     

    All statistics courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 229 lbs.

    Arm length: 32.25"

    Hand size: 9.25"

     

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 4.75 seconds

    Bench press: 22 reps

    Vertical jump: 35" (top performer)

    Broad jump: 119"

     

    Pro Day Results

    40-yard dash: 4.63 seconds

     

    At the NFL combine, Sean Porter showed that he has the athleticism and quickness to be a threat off the edge. While he didn't run a good 40-yard dash at the combine, he improved it greatly at the Texas A&M pro day.

    His overall solid performance helped him regain some draft stock he lost during the regular season.

     

    All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.

    All pro day results courtesy of WalterFootball.com.

Interesting Facts

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    Throughout his career at Texas A&M, Sean Porter played with loads of talent on both sides of the ball. The website theredzone.org shows all the draft picks from Texas A&M since 1967, but since 2009 when Porter was a freshman, eight different Aggies have been drafted to the NFL.

    Among those players were first-round picks Von Miller and Ryan Tannehill. Running back Cyrus Gray, cornerback Jordan Pugh and quarterback Stephen McGee were also teammates of Porter.

    Of course, Porter also played this year with a handful of future NFL players like Luke Joeckel, Damontre Moore, Christine Michael, Ryan Swope and Uzoma Nwachukwu.

Observations

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    What makes Sean Porter such an interesting prospect is the fact that he can legitimately play in either a 3-4 defense or a 4-3 defense. D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said that Porter was getting interest from teams running both defensive schemes:

    Texas A&M LB Sean Porter is drawing attention from both 4-3 and 3-4 teams.He has had private workoutsw Chiefs, #Falcons, Cowboys & Pats.

    — D. Orlando Ledbetter (@AJCFalcons) April 8, 2013

    In an interview with Porter, Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Ryan Alfieri learned what Porter's favorite thing was: "The best thing that I do is probably blitzing, [which is also] my favorite thing to do. I love getting in the backfield to make plays."

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