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Penn State DBs Joey Porter Jr., Ji’Ayir Brown Perform at Combine

Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr.
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Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr. and S Ji’Ayir Brown performed at the NFL Combine Friday

Porter, who is projected to be the first Penn State DB ever selected in the first round of an NFL Draft, showed part of what he can do Friday.

Most notably, he ran the 40-yard dash twice, with a top time of 4.46 seconds. The 4.46 time was the 14th best of 29 cornerbacks.

Porter also had a 10-yard split time of 1.5 seconds (second best among CBs), a vertical jump of 35” (19th) and a 10’9” broad jump (12th). The NFL gave Porter a 6.43 grade for his efforts.

Porter, of course, is the son of former NFL player Joey Porter, a linebacker who was a Super Bowl champion and first-team All-Pro with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Many are discussing the possibility of Porter being selected by his dad’s team, who picks No. 17.

Porter wasn’t the only former Penn State DB who had the chance to show what he could do Friday.

Brown isn’t projected to be a first round pick and might not even go in the second round. But every Penn State fan knows what Brown meant to the program in his three years there. Brown worked out Friday, running a 4.65 in the 40-yard dash, which was the third worst among safeties. Brown also had a 10-yard split of 1.56 (12th of 19 safeties) a 32.5” vertical jump (fifth-lowest) and a 9’11” broad jump (6th-lowest). The NFL gave Brown a 6.36 combine grade.

Brown is a favorite of draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

“Ji’Ayir Brown is one that I finished up since my last top 50, he’ll move into my top 50,” Jeremiah told reporters on a conference call Friday. “I think he’s my top safety in the entire draft.”

As for measurables, Porter came in at 6-foot-2.5 and 193 pounds with 34” arms and 10” hands.

Brown came in at 5-foot-11 and 203 pounds with 31 1/4” arms and 10 1/8” hands.

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