Saints Choose CB Tracy Porter In 2nd Round (40th Overall)
The Saints choose underrated Indiana University cornerback Tracy Porter in the second round of the annual NFL draft.
Porter is regarded as a solid cover corner who can play in man to man coverage.
ESPN Overview of Porter:
Overall: Porter arrived at Indiana in 2004 and immediately earned a spot in the lineup, starting seven games before a left clavicle fracture ended his season. He played and started in all 36 games over his final three seasons (2005-’07). For his career, Porter had 212 tackles (5.5 for losses, all last season), two forced fumbles, 16 interceptions, 24 pass breakups and three touchdown returns (one interception, one fumble and one punt). Porter had a breakout season in 2007, recording 83 tackles, six interceptions and four pass breakups. He also averaged 13.6 yards on 35 punt returns, all during his junior and senior seasons. Porter lacks good strength and needs to become more physical both versus the run and in coverage. However, he is a quick-twitched athlete capable of blanketing wide receivers in man-to-man coverage. Porter also is a playmaker in coverage, as well as the punt return game. Overall, Porter is an underrated prospect with enough potential and versatility to warrant second-round consideration.