2. Porter Gustin, DE
One of the names mentioned among the cuts on Monday night was Porter Gustin, the former undrafted defensive end from USC. Gustin was an intriguing addition when Cleveland brought him in back in 2019 since he was a highly productive player for the Trojans.
In four seasons, he had 21.5 sacks and 33.0 tackles for a loss. 7.5 of those sacks came in his final six games. The problem was, he struggled with health. Gustin played just 10 games combined in his final two years with USC and that played a part in him going undrafted.
Once with the Browns, Gustin found himself getting an opportunity to prove himself. With Myles Garrett serving a suspension and Olivier Vernon battling knee issues, he was added to the active roster and played in 16 games. He recorded 13 tackles and one sack.
It was enough to convince the Browns to keep him on for another year and in 2020, he played in 14 games with three starts. He had 30 tackles and seven quarterback pressures but never recorded a sack.
\With Cleveland looking to improve on the edge, Gustin found himself on the outside looking in. But that doesn’t mean he can’t still continue to develop. And considering the injuries they have suffered on the line, it wouldn’t be a bad idea at all to keep him close by as a “break glass in case of emergency” option.