Falcons Eyeing Versatile Linebackers in Draft?

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Fact: Sean Porter isn't Von Miller, but he'd be a heck of a third round pick

Pre-draft homework is a must for any successful NFL franchise. While evaluation of game tape, combine-related shenanigans, and pad thai-fueled strategy sessions are important, sometimes you just need a second look. And apparently the Falcons decided they needed a second look at Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter.


Porter is the definition of a hybrid linebacker. He isn't particularly big, standing 6'1 and weighing in at 229 pounds. Some expected him to gain weight before the combine. But he didn't. He's considered a pass rushing specialist, drawing comparisons to Texas A&M alum Von Miller. A starter since 2010, Porter was asked to play in coverage a lot in 2012. In other words, he's comfortable rushing the passer, but he has his fair share of pass coverage experience.

If there's a knock on Porter, it's his aversion to playing physically. He's very athletic, and he relied heavily on that athleticism in college. Given the speed of the NFL game, Porter won't be able to shy away from physical play. In theory, Porter could play in a 3-4 or 4-3, but he'd be an outside linebacker in either scenario. He's just not built to play inside.

What are your thoughts about Porter? What does this say about a potential 3-4 conversion? Discuss!

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