Porter Gustin

USC
LB19

Prospect Info

College
USC
Hometown
Class
UT
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
255 lbs
33”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.35
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.69
Seconds
 
Bench Press
31
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
119.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

Playlist

Gustin was looking to become a Clay Matthews-like playmaker for the Trojans in 2017, and not just because he shared the same long, blonde hair. He had earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in 2016, starting all 13 games, posting 68 tackles, 13 for loss, 5.5 sacks, and four pass breakups. He ended up missing most of his junior season, however, with a biceps injury and a broken toe, playing in only four games with two starts (16 tackles, three sacks). He also missed half of his senior season due to a broken ankle (five starts in six games played), but still led the Trojans with seven sacks among his 28 tackles, 10 for losses. The former Parade All-American and four-sport star in Utah (football, baseball, basketball, track) lived up to the hype as a true freshman, starting twice in 14 games, making seven tackles for loss, including 5.5 sacks on the year (25 total tackles).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
Overview
Below-average athlete as 3-4 SAM backer whose effort and determination have allowed him to post consistent production on the college level. Gustin's lack of juice or complexity as rusher could limit his upside. However, his size and ability to dig in and fight against the run could help his chances of becoming a backup who might have to keep fighting for his spot.
Strengths
  • Plays with elevated intensity and determination
  • Workout regimen and nutritional plan are legendary
  • Relentless motor yields sack results as secondary rusher
  • Uses chop, two-hand swipe and rip move to grease the edge
  • Shows decent strength to play through blocker's edge once he gets access
  • First to land and extend as edge-setter
  • Gets inside arm locked out and maintains good distance from blockers
  • Offers up strong physical challenges to blocking tight ends
  • Squeezes on back side to eliminate cutback opportunities for runners
  • Heavy thud tackler.
Weaknesses
  • Slow-twitch with some tightness in lower body
  • Pad level is a little tall
  • Short-stepper with narrow base and awkward upfield gait as rusher
  • Offers very little threat to bend and turn the corner
  • Lacks desired suddenness to win inside
  • Below-average burst to close out targets
  • His stack-and-shed will need to get quicker
  • Sluggish change of direction in space
  • Missed chunks of last two seasons due to injury.
GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league