2020 UDFA: Buffalo Bills OT Brandon Walton injury analysis

2020 UDFA: Buffalo Bills OT Brandon Walton injury analysis

The offseason continues with injury breakdowns of each and every Buffalo Bill. One of the newest Buffalo Bills, OT Brandon Walton, is the latest addition to the team following a solid career at Florida Atlantic University, alma mater of current Bills RB Devin Singletary. Walton helped keep those holes open for Singletary to make the magic happen as he became a 3rd round pick last year. 

FAU Career

Unfortunately for Walton, he did not hear his name called over the NFL Draft weekend. Instead, he became a priority undrafted free agent, signing with the Bills shortly after the 7th round ended. During his time at FAU, Walton appeared in 44 games over 4 years. His redshirt freshman year he appeared in only 4 games, but after that, appearing in 40 games over the next 3 seasons. He did not appear to suffer any reported injuries and was a valuable player in the trenches, garnering All C-USA first-team honors in 2019 after an honorable mention honor in 2018.

Bills Injury Impact

Walton has a ways to go to make this roster. He played both right and left tackle during his time at FAU, but the quality of competition is significantly lower than what he will see at the NFL level. Add in the fact that the offensive lineman group is already deep indicates that Walton better show some stellar play come training camp. Unfortunately, he has lost the ability to participate in rookie minicamp and OTA’s to acclimate to both the team and coaches due to the pandemic. 

His lack of injury history may benefit him if others around him go down, but even with a strong preseason, he may find his way to the practice squad as he adjusts to the NFL level. For now, I consider him a camp body that could become a project for future seasons.

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