Porter makes sense as a potential second-round selection for the Saints, and Thompson makes this point in his latest "NFL Draft Buzz" article, which included Porter.
"In addition to his physical style of coverage that helped him steal away six interceptions in 2007 and 16 during his college career, Porter can provide additional value to an NFL team as an accomplished punt returner," Thompson wrote. "He averaged 13.6 yards per return while handling punts during his junior and senior year, aided by the 4.37-second 40-time speed that he showed off at the NFL Combine."
Saints head coach Sean Payton didn't talk about potential visits during Wednesday's press conference at the owners' meeting in Palm Beach. The Saints already have Reggie Bush as a punt returner, but may want to lessen his workload on special teams this season.
Should the Saints go after Porter, they could have plenty of competition. According to Thompson, he's already had private workouts with the Chiefs and Patriots, along with private visits with the Bucs and Miami Dolphins. Starting next week, Porter will meet privately with Pittsburgh Steelers, the Washington Redskins, the Saints, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets.
Given the depth at Porter's position in this draft, he likely won't crack the first round.
Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.