Welcome to a new series, the “entrance physicals” We will evaluate each new player signed by the Steelers with a focus on current health and past injuries. As always, these reports are based on publicly available information, including player interviews, injury reports and reliable news sources. I have no access to the players’ medical records and have not examined them or discussed this with them unless otherwise noted.
Sitting tight with the first pick in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, the Steelers selected Joey Porter Jr, a player the team knows well thanks to his bloodlines. His father, Joey Porter Sr, played linebacker for the team from 1999-2006, earning a Super Bowl ring and multiple honors. From visiting the locker room as a child to returning as a professional football player, the younger Porter stated “I’m ready” in his first press conference.
Age 22 (7/26/2000) Height 6′ 2 1/2″ Weight 193 lbs BMI 24.4
2019 (redshirt freshman)
Played in 4 of 12 regular-season games. No documented injury.
Played 8 of 9 games in a COVID-shortened season, missing the final game against Illinois for undisclosed reasons. No record of injury.
Played in all 12 regular-season games and the bowl game. No documented injury.
Appendectomy. Missed two games and returned to play in the regular-season finale versus Michigan State. Played only 10 of the 77 defensive snaps and none on special teams, where he had contributed in all prior games played. He opted out of the Rose Bowl to begin his preparation for the draft.
Clean bill of health. Should be ready to participate in rookie minicamp and OTAs.
Level of Fitness: Excellent