Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr. Declares 2023 NFL Draft; Will Skip Bowl Game

Doric SamNovember 30, 2022

Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. (9) lines up against Minnesota in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)
AP Photo/Barry Reeger

Penn State redshirt junior cornerback Joey Porter Jr. is ready to take his talents to the next level.

Porter announced on social media that he is declaring for the 2023 NFL draft, and he will skip the Nittany Lions' bowl game to prepare for the pre-draft process:

Joey Porter Jr. @jjporter_1

Thank You Penn State 💙 <a href="https://t.co/0Yxx8hE7s2">pic.twitter.com/0Yxx8hE7s2</a>

Porter played in 10 games in 2022 and racked up 27 total tackles, 11 passes defended and a fumble recovery. He ends his career with 94 tackles, 19 passes defended and one interception.

Porter was the only Penn State player to be named to the All-Big Ten first team. The No. 8-ranked Nittany Lions finished the regular season with a 10-2 record, with their only losses coming against No. 2 Michigan and No. 5 Ohio State.

NFL teams in need of defensive help will be jumping to the front of the line to draft Porter. B/R's NFL draft big board has him ranked as top defensive back and No. 6 overall prospect in the 2023 class while also listing him as the best cornerback when it comes to man-to-man coverage. B/R's most recent mock draft projected Porter as the No. 8 pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Very few cornerbacks play with the same physicality and zeal as Porter does," the evaluation for Porter stated. "His approach can get him in trouble with his coverage, as he becomes too grabby, but his overall competitiveness might be the best in the entire class."

While Porter leaving for the NFL is a blow to Penn State's defense next year, the Nittany Lions received good news earlier this week when stalwart offensive tackle Olumuyiwa Fashanu decided not to enter the draft and instead return for his senior season.