Dallas Cowboys Round One – Joey Porter Jr. – Cornerback – Penn St.
How early will the run on cornerbacks start in round one? This is the biggest question for me heading into the 2023 draft. I believe cornerback and wide receiver are the two biggest needs for the Cowboys this off-season. With an early run on this year’s loaded cornerback position, I believe Joey Porter and several other players at the position will be jockeying for position on everyone’s big boards. For now, I have Porter falling to the twenties and in reach for the Cowboys.
With several cornerbacks on the “smaller” side, Joey Porter stands above the several top prospects at 6’2″ and 198 pounds. Dallas doesn’t usually entertain smaller corners and the former Nittany Lion checks all the boxes for Dan Quinn. Porter is a long and rangy cornerback who closes on defenders quickly. With quick feet and solid tackling, he can mirrors defenders and excels when facing the action. Porter also tracks the ball well and has the natural ability to create turnovers. Along side Trevon Diggs the Cowboys would start Joey Porter day 1 with confidence.
On the other hand, Porter isn’t a universal top prospect as some scouts feel he is a scheme-specific corner. He does tend to be a little high-hipped which causes him to struggle when he’s transitioning out of his back-pedal while playing off-man. He also tends to be a little handsy down-field as he was flagged more than I’d like to see but if Porter can improve before the combine in smaller areas, he could be a top 20 pick.