MEASURABLES: 5-foot-11, 188, 4.37 in the 40 at the combine.
COLLEGE CAREER: Porter became the first Indiana football player in 25 years to record at least six interceptions in a season in 2007. He is also the first IU player to return a punt, interception and fumble for touchdowns in his career.
PROJECTED AS: A cornerback, though some worry about his ability to by physical against the run.
ARE THE SAINTS INTERESTED: Yes. They plan on hosting a visit with Porter this month.
DRAFT VALUE: In a draft teeming with solid cornerbacks, most project Porter as a second-round pick. His ability to return kicks boosts his value to some teams.
SCOUT.COM'S TOM MARINO'S ANALYSIS: Became the first IU cornerback to be named first-team All-Big Ten since 1989. Second in IU history with 16 interceptions. He had a career high 75 tackles as a senior. He has a lot of speed and athletic ability, but he is just not very physical or tough. A "you-first" grab tackler. He had six picks, but I still question his overall ball skills. Punt return skills are a real plus. He isn't there yet, but he has too much physical talent not to play. I project him in the third or fourth round.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE SAYING:
"Porter's timed speed and natural hands are his best assets. He was a productive returner and Porter shows good ability as a gunner on special teams. He isn't known for tackling ability, or a desire to make plays vs. the run. Porter is rail-thin, but additional weight would take away his best quality — speed. He lacks consistency recognizing the play as it develops and will never be more than marginal in run support. Yes, he has great hands and a good eye to make the big play, but he's more of a sub package type of defensive back than one who can play all four downs." — NFLDraftscout.com
"Porter has the athleticism to be an NFL starter but needs time to improve his technique. He had an excellent week at the Senior Bowl, practicing with great intensity; he did not play with that same fire in college. Porter projects as a good nickel corner who could contribute as a kickoff returner." — Sportingnews.com.
SAINTSINSIDER.COM MATTHEW POSTINS' BOTTOM LINE: Cornerbacks are expected to help out just a bit more in run support these days, so Porter's reputation for being a bit soft against the run is concerning. Still, he's plenty fast and knows how to find the football in coverage, as evidenced by his interceptions at Indiana. He's not a player I would spend a first- or second-round pick on. But if he were to fall into the third round, he would represent a pretty good value to the Saints, if they haven't already addressed the position.
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