The Steelers’ trade with the Bears, sending Chase Claypool to Chicago for the 32nd overall pick, may go down as one of the most lopsided trades in NFL history when all is said and done.
The Bears have already moved off of Claypool, trading him to the Dolphins for a 2025 sixth-round pick. The Steelers, on the other hand, used the 32nd overall pick to select Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. who has done nothing but show the potential to be a franchise cornerstone for years to come. Not only is Porter one of the Steelers’ top players, he is already one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
Per PFF, Porter has allowed the fewest completions in the NFL of all cornerbacks (min. 50 targets). Porter has also only allowed a passer rating of 68.4 this season when being targeted.
Porter is already one of the league’s top shutdown cornerbacks and his rookie season isn’t complete yet. While it looks unlikely that Porter will win Defensive Player of the Year, as Jalen Carter of the Philadelphia Eagles is the heavy favorite, but the Steelers clearly found a gem.