NFL Draft Buzz: Porter, Collins, Young

Indiana CB Tracy Porter has already visited a pair of teams and worked out for two others. But wait until you see all the teams he'll be visiting with in April. Meanwhile, Kansas OT Anthony Collins has drawn interest from plenty of clubs, while Iowa RB Albert Young is getting ready for his first NFL workout.

Indiana University cornerback Tracy Porter had two private workouts and two official visits during the month of March, but he has an even busier April on tap.

On March 17th and 18, Porter worked out at Indiana University for the Chiefs and the Patriots. Then on the 27th, he flew south to one of New England's division rivals and had his first official NFL visit with the Miami Dolphins on the 28th. He wrapped up the month by flying to Tampa Bay on the 30th to visit with Jon Gruden and his staff on the 31st.

On April 8 and 9, Porter will check out opportunities with the Pittsburgh Steelers before heading out to visit with the Washington Redskins the evening of the 9th and during the day on the 10th.

But it will be the week of the 14th that will really test Porter's fortitude. He'll spend the 14th and 15th in New Orleans with the Saints, the 16th and 17th in Dallas, and will finish up on the 17th and 18th with a visit to the New York Jets.

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.  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.

Despite the deep talent at the cornerback position this year, Porter is expected to be selected in the first two rounds -- and is drawing the level of attention from clubs reflective of that status. You can learn more about him in this exclusive interview that was conducted during the Under Armour Senior Bowl week.

Talent and exuberance

OT Anthony Collins battles Virginia Tech's Chris Ellis in the FedEx Orange Bowl game.
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When it comes to Kansas offensive tackle Anthony Collins, it's going to be hard for teams to decide if their more excited by his skill set or his contagious, enthusiastic attitude on the football field. Well-known for sprinting downfield to celebrate touchdowns with the ball-carrier, Collins explained, "I was just excited, I wanted to be the first one down there to congratulate them. It was real fun."

With experience at both the right and left tackle positions, the 6-foot-6, 308-pound lineman has drawn plenty of attention from NFL clubs. He told that at the NFL Scouting Combine he had formal interviews with the Cardinals, Bears, Browns, Vikings, Patriots, Jets, Steelers and Seahawks.

Collins, who declared for the NFL Draft as a junior, only missed one game due to injury during his college career. He's expected to be a first-day selection.

Eagles eyeing a Hawkeye

Iowa running back Albert Young will be working out for the Eagles along with other area players on April 9. The southern New Jersey native helped boost his stock during his prod day with a 40-time reportedly in the 4.5-second range.

One of just three Hawkeyes in the history of the school to rush for over 3,000 career yards, Young's best attribute is that he's got a well-rounded skill set since he's also a solid receiver and has shown good technique as a blocker in pass protection.

You can learn more about him in this exclusive interview that was published in February.

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