Following the recent release of outside linebacker Andy Studebaker, the Kansas City Chiefs are looking to add some depth at the position behind starters Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. What better way to do so than via the 2013 NFL Draft?
In hopes of finding a replacement for Studebaker, the Chiefs have scheduled a workout with Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter.
Already designated with the “tweener” label, Porter has some upside as a pure pass-rusher at the next level. He played in different roles throughout his time with the Aggies (both 4-3 and 3-4 outside linebacker), but will likely stick to passing situations when he makes the jump to the NFL.
What makes Porter such a promising pass rusher is his agility and quickness around the edge. He does a great job of turning the corner on opposing tackles and has the athleticism to close quickly on quarterbacks. There’s even a possibility that he could use that athleticism to contribute as a nickel linebacker in coverage, but will need some more polish before he’s used as a drop-back linebacker.
Porter took over for Von Miller as the Aggies’ joker linebacker in 2011. While he was far from a seamless replacement, Porter held his own at the position, wreaking havoc on opposing offenses in the process.
If the Chiefs like what they see in Porter, the Texas A&M product could be drafted as early as the third round. It’s still to be seen what comes of his workout, but Porter is clearly on their radar heading into the late-April draft.
Until then, all we can do is wait and see.