10. DE Porter Gustin (2019)
Porter Gustin isn’t without his flaws, admittedly so, but he seems to be a piece the Browns like for the long-term. He’s not a great pass rusher off the edge, but he could always develop to be. Think about CFL and Miami Dolphin legend Cameron Wake. It took him a while to figure it out. So there’s still hope for Gustin.
What Gustin is great at, however, is sealing off the edge and getting depth against the run. It’s not a forgone conclusion that he’ll be around the Browns for the long haul, but the Browns are still going to need some help and depth up-front. Myles Garrett has had injuries and COVID over the last few years, and the hope is that 2021 sees him return to form and finally play a full season, but if he’s not Gustin is on standby.
Plus you have Jadeveon Clowney now, but like Garrett, Clowney isn’t always able to play. Plus, unlike Garrett, Clowney isn’t a great pass rusher. He’s a far more high-priced version of Gustin. A defensive end who can play good (maybe even great) defense against teams who run the ball.
Gustin could probably put up much bigger figures if he plays more than 30% of the snaps. He would also be of use inside if the Browns don’t end up having a great interior squad this year. Who knows where Gustin will be in a year from now if he’d even be on this list in 2021. For right now, his involvement in the Browns’ first playoff team since 2002 fully qualifies him to be on this list.