Bloomington – Tracy Porter probably isn't getting a whole lot of sleep these days.
It's not that the former IU cornerback is laying awake at night fretting this month's NFL Draft, which will be held April 26-27 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It's that he's been busy preparing himself for a couple of big days.
Not only does he have his NFL future hanging in the balance in a couple of weeks, but he also has his IU graduation happening the following weekend. Porter is taking 18 credit hours this semester and is scheduled to graduate May 3.
"It's hard to focus because you have to have your work done, get it turned in on time, on top of preparing for the draft," Porter said earlier this month at one of IU's spring practices. "These NFL teams, they have high expectations for you, but at the same time you have to get your school work done."
Porter appears to have a bright future ahead of him in the NFL. He's projected to go anywhere from the late second round to early fourth round and is considered one of the top cover corners available. He ran a 4.37 40 during workouts and his 16 career interceptions have also caught the eye of plenty of NFL personnel.
"They really seem to like me, they say I'm athletic, very fast and can run and cover with anybody," Porter said. "They give me a lot of praise, but in the end, I'm just waiting to hear my name called."
Porter said he's been talking with a slew of times as of late, including Tampa Bay, New England, Kansas City, Miami, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. But he also knows there's no way to predict who will take him once the draft gets underway April 26. He will be returning to his home in Port Allen, La., to wait with his immediate family for the call from an NFL team.
That figures to be one of the most rewarding days for Porter, who finished his IU career ranked No. 2 in school history for career interceptions. But graduation figures to be an equally gratifying event.
"Getting your named called on draft day, that's great," Porter said. "But knowing you graduated from college, knowing you were the last one in the family to graduate and finish it off is just as rewarding. I have an older brother and older sister who both graduated, and it's only fitting that I finish it off and graduate as well. It's going to be a tremendous honor."
Big Days Ahead for IU's Porter
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