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Porter Gustin, OLB, Southern California #45

6042, 258, 4.75

Notes: From Elk Ridge, UT. Appeared in 14 games, mostly at outside linebacker, and had 25 tackles, 7 TFL and 5.5 sacks in 2015. Started all 13 games at outside linebacker, with 68 tackles, 13 TFL, 5.5 sacks and 4 PBU I 2016. Began the 2017 campaign starting at outside linebacker before getting injured. He suffering a broken toe in practice that required surgery to insert two screws, but played the first half against Texas. He then injured his bicep and was sidelined the next 5 games. He played another half (against Arizona State) before being shut down to recuperate from both injuries. Overall appeared in 4 games and recorded 16 tackles, including 3 sacks in 2017. Underwent meniscus surgery prior to 2018.

Positives: Big, very strong, intense, aggressive and physical. Plays with high energy and passion. Non-stop motor. Disruptive force who makes plays in the backfield. Can take on and shed at the point of attack. Very effective pass rusher off the edge with speed, power and leverage. Can work back inside and is not just a one-trick pony. Exceptional work ethic. Workout warrior in the weight-room.

Negatives: Has limitations in pass coverage. Injury history and durability concerns.

Summary: Great fit as a 3-4 linebacker with impact potential if he can stay healthy.

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