The Cleveland Browns made one addition to their 53-man roster Sunday morning by claiming OT Austin Pasztor off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars. At 6-7, 308 lbs, Pasztor was formally the fourth overall pick of the 2012 CFL Draft. Later that year, he caught on with the Jacksonville Jaguars and has been with them up until cuts this past week.
Pasztor started 3 games in 2012, 12 games in 2013, and 8 games in 2014 for the Jaguars. According to Pro Football Focus, Pasztor was solid in pass protection to start the 2013 season, but struggled after that. "After surrendering only seven pressures in his first six starts at right tackle in 2013, Pasztor then surrendered 46 pressures in his following 14 starts," says PFF.
Pasztor suffered a torn hamstring at the end of 2014, and this offseason he was trying to make the transition to the guard position. Cleveland could be intrigued by both his versatility to play multiple positions and his starting experience at right tackle. Even though OT Andrew McDonald's agent keeps tweeting that the Browns have told him that he'll be back on the 53-man roster later this week, I wouldn't be surprised if McDonald ends up staying on the practice squad.
The corresponding roster move to make room for Pasztor was trading RB Terrance West to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a conditional draft pick.