Joey Porter Attends Wisconsin’s Pro Day (Update: Tomlin/Colbert Too)

Joey Porter has been racking up the frequent flyer miles over the last week covering an array of Pro Days. Now add Wisconsin to that list. Porter was spotted at the Badgers’ Pro Day this afternoon, per this photo from Owen Riese.

He’s on hand to watch outside linebackers TJ Watt and Vince Biegel. Watt is the more tantalizing prospect and someone to keep in mind for the 30th overall pick, even though we haven’t mentioned him much on this site.

Watt crushed the Combine, running a 4.69 at 252 pounds, jumping 37 inches in the vert, and a wild 6.79 in the three cone. He has just one year of production but it was a good one, adding up 15.5 TFL and 11.5 sacks for Wisconsin last season.

Biegel, on the other hand. wasn’t an impactful pass rusher at Wisconsin, never recording more than 5.5 sacks in a season and during his senior year, just four of them. At the Combine, he ran a 4.68, jumped 33.5 inches, and most impressively, a 6.92 three cone, one of the top numbers at his position. He’s considered a mid-round pick.

Our Josh Carney recently wrote the scouting report on him. He liked his run defense and effort to the football but noted he “didn’t win consistently with his pass rush moves.” You can check out the full report at the bottom of the article.

Look for a scouting report on Watt in the next couple days.

Update: Reflecting the headline, Mike Tomlin also attended the workout.

Even bigger update: Tony Pauline of reports Tomlin/Colbert had dinner with Watt and Biegel.


2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Wisconsin OLB Vince Biegel


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  • Brian Tollini

    “Pounding table” for TJ Watt.

  • Spencer Krick

    I like Biegel, the dude has the attitude of a Steeler.

    Wouldn’t mind that TJ Watt fella, either 😉

  • Caesar

    Of the possible edge guys at 30, I’m starting to think my top three might be Harris, Charlton, and Watt.

  • PaeperCup

    TJ Watt yes please.

    There’s about 5 players I love whom at least one has to be available at 30. TJ Watt is one of them.

    A lot of Mocks have him right outside the first, might be a slight reach for Watt, but that is a reach I don’t mind making.

  • Steel City Slim

    I like TJ Watt, would be proud to have him as a Steeler, I just wish that he would have been able to do what he did last season for more than one season. I know he had injuries and a position change, and the one year sample was pretty impressive but it was one season. It seems like most of the hype around him is more about JJ Watt, than TJ Watt. Would much rather get him or Rivers in the 2nd round, but I know they probably won’t be there when the Steelers pick.

  • Big Joe

    I’m glad they’re doing their due diligence but really don’t see Watt as a Rd 1 prospect – Rd 2 yes. If he goes in Rd 1 it would be a pick based on potential and not anything beyond his one productive year.

  • Jon Crissinger

    Don’t think there’s a chance Steelers take Charlton. He absolutely cannot drop into coverage. Strictly a 4-3 DE.

  • Jon Crissinger

    Players are picked in round one all the time based on potential. Bud Dupree didn’t even hit double digit sacks once over 3 years.

  • dany

    I love the updates on this site, Tomlin too!

  • Alleghenys

    You are right that Watt and a few others will likely fall to early round 2. It’s a deep draft. I wonder if this is the year to trade back and secure an extra pick or two.

  • PaeperCup

    I personally wouldn’t be against it. But at the same time if they see someone they like at 30, take him.

  • pittfan

    just stay away from high school games peez.

  • The Packers’ sites claim Watt is their man–or at least the say he’s the target if available. I’ve noticed in past years due to similarities in 3/4 strategies that they often target the same defenders we do–especially in the first two rounds.

  • PaeperCup

    He seems very much like a Packer player.

    But they do need a RB bad.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’ve been trying to keep quiet on TJ Watt. Hoping, that he’ll be there as an option at 30. The Packers are reportedly VERY high on Watt. And of course, being a Wisconsin kid, he recently said he’d love to play for GB. And on top of it all, GB picks right before us at 29. Honestly, I already see where this is headed. Cincinnati deja vu all over again. Knowing that everyone around the country reads the Depot, I say we all start putting out a disinformation campaign in our posts and comments. Here, I’ll start now….


  • Paddy

    The Bengals and GB should pass on this guy.

  • capehouse

    Tomlin and Colbert took both LBs out to dinner.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I like Biegel more than Watt and we wouldnt have to spend a first round pick on him.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I don’t suppose there’s any way he could get up to his brothers weight and play end is there?.

  • Conserv_58

    Based on previous off seasons, if Colbert, Tomlin and Porter all take the time to attend a pro day and then take potential prospects out to dinner they really like that player.

  • Conserv_58

    Um. Yeah. That ought to work. 🙂

  • Conserv_58

    The have former Steelers DC, Dom Capers as their DC and he runs a 3-4 base defense. That’s why they target the same types of players the Steelers do.

  • Conserv_58

    Absolutely. Dupree was picked in round one because he’s an athletic freak that has the potential to be special. We saw some of that “special” exibited when he returned from his long term injury. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do in 2017.

  • Conserv_58

    I’m on record for saying that if there was ever a draft that Kevin Colbert not only could, but should trade out of the first round to gather picks, this is that draft, especially being as unusually deep on the defensive side of the ball that it is.

  • Conserv_58

    He reminds me a little bit of Bret Keisel. Da Beard was a sixth round pick and he turned out to be a gem.

  • Conserv_58

    Biegel is Bret Keisel redux. He’ll give you everything he’s got on every play.

  • Geoffrey Benedict

    Awesome when you can cover a potential early round and a potential mid round Edge guy in one trip.

    Tomlin and Colbert don’t travel for mid round guys, they are there looking at TJ too.

  • Geoffrey Benedict

    Woodley had the same problem coming out of college. Very similar usage.

  • Geoffrey Benedict

    You take your guy if he’s there.

  • Geoffrey Benedict

    That one year though. And that combine.

    He has the athleticism, and he shows on film that he can do a lot of pass rush moves, just not very good at any of them.

    But athleticism, pedigree, work ethic, and showing he can do the things you want to teach him to do?

    He is starting to look like a guy people are going to be kicking themselves for passing on.

    Because of that I really would not be surprised if someone grabs him ahead of us. Esp. Green Bay, since he is a lot like Clay Matthews, and is a Wisconsin guy.

  • LucasY59

    he is one of my fall back options also

  • Conserv_58

    Take a look at Clay Matthews’ college career vs TJ’s. They are a mirror image. Both didn’t break out until their senior seasons.

  • Alleghenys

    Sure, but if you have multiple “your” guys still available, trading back can be productive.

  • LucasY59

    the only two guys I would take instead of a trade (that have some chance of being at 30) are Melifonwu and Reddick,

    all the other options are similar enough that I would want to trade out and get an extra top 100 pick (because there are so many good players in the 2nd day of the draft this yr)

    if Haason and Obi are off the board, I hope Colbert has his phone out making calls

  • Conserv_58

    TJ’s and Clay Mathews’ college careers are the same. Neither stood out until their senor seasons. TJ’s blood line, like Mathews, counts for a lot of what makes him worth taking at the Steelers’ pick in round one.

  • LucasY59

    get an extra pick and get the guy they were targeting with the original pick anyway,

    hopefully there is a QB still available, like last yr that can be trade bait

  • LucasY59

    there was talk that part of why they were so pissed off that Hightower was taking so long was that they were late for a flight (are they taking TJ to dinner tonight or was that last night, they probably missed their reservation if it was)

  • “WC”

    Draft them both!!!!!

  • Zach Holzworth

    If he has that production for more than that year then you can forget about him getting out of the top twenty. That’s the chance you take with late pics in the first round. Gotta look at the upside

  • Daniel

    Obi, reddick, watt in that order

  • reddick, reddick, reddick. In that order lol. No really tho, I would be thrilled with any of those three.

  • Definitely overrated. I see watt as more of a third round guy. Steelers won’t take him at 30. Hell be there in the second, maybe third

  • Brian Tollini

    I think you’d want to keep him standing up

  • Steel City Slim

    I don’t agree with the whole blood line aspect. If that were the case Cooper Manning would have been in the NFL.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Yeah, probably wishful thinking.

  • Rotten Sircus

    LMAO !!! YES

  • gdeuce

    Dupree also played in completely different defenses from year to year

  • CP72

    He’s hard not to like

  • Steeler83

    My top 3 is Harris, Watt, Lawson !

  • Conserv_58

    There are always exceptions, but the point still stands. IMO, it’s mostly attributed to the influence one highly successful family member has on his or her sibling.

  • Len Nicodemo

    Obi in the first as a hybrid, and Basham as an Edge in the second or third. A top notch RB in there somewhere as well to spell Bell and prolong Ben’s career. Gallman, Foreman, Mixon, etc. somebody 6ft-ish.

  • Steel City Slim

    Parental influence and blood lines are two different things, because if it were all about blood lines everyone in the NFL would be related. The majority of the greatest players to ever play the game are first generation NFL players. Dedication, hard work, and respect for the game are the biggest attributes outside of physical ability.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’ll eat my shoe and send you a picture doing it, if TJ Watt is sitting there in the 3rd round.

  • Lol I was goin off your idea of driving teams away from him lol. I think he will easily go in top 50, easily

  • Darth Blount 47

    Oh, make no mistake, he’s a total bust waiting to happen. 1 year of production? Pssh. I just think that teams are gonna fall in love with this kid and take him in the 2nd round. WHICH will be a mistake. He’s an unmitigated disaster in cleats. I hear he drinks a ton. Like a real lush. And he hates animals. And kids. Sounds like a douche of the highest order to me. I’d pass on this one if I were teams. But hey, someone will take a chance. I just hope we don’t fall for his BS. Let someone else deal with all of the headaches. He wouldn’t be able to push 39 year old Harrison anyway. When you can’t beat out a guy who is almost over the hill, what’s the point? Naw, I’d pass. And other teams would be wise to just pass too. Let him fall in the draft. His value only gets better the later you draft him anyhow.