2020 UDFA: Bills OL Marquel Harrell injury analysis

Does Harrell have what it takes to make the Bills roster?

Auburn OL Marquel Harrell joins a crowded Bills offensive line room in the midst of an unprecedented offseason. The burly guard out of the SEC comes to Buffalo with the pedigree of playing against elite competition. In addition, Harrell has also demonstrated the ability to be available, which is one of the most valuable assets a football player can have and especially valuable with HC Sean McDermott. Below is a review of Harrell’s known injury history.

2016:

Appeared in 4 games as a reserve offensive lineman and did not appear to suffer any injuries.

2017:

Started in 5 games, mostly towards the end of the season, appeared in 13 out of 14 games, missing only the Clemson game early in the season. This article does note that he dealt with several minor injuries that season, but I am unable to find the specifics of the injuries. It’s likely that he was dealing with either minor ankle sprains, contusions, or minor knee sprain. This is only speculation as these are common injuries on the line and can be played through.

2018:

Started in all 13 games garnering 3rd team All-SEC honors. Did not appear to suffer any known injuries. 

2019:

He started all 13 games once again and did not appear to suffer any reported injuries. 

Bills Injury Impact:

Harrell played in the SEC, was available for nearly every game during his Auburn career, and does not appear to have any injury concerns moving forward. For Harrell to navigate his way to the 53-man roster, he will either require a huge step up in his level of play, injuries or pure luck. 

With GM Brandon Beane’s penchant for hoarding offensive lineman, it’s quite possible that Harrell finds a home on either the Bills practice squad or on the roster of another NFL team via trade if injuries decimate a team’s depth due to the potentially abbreviated pre-season. Like every other player on the Bills roster, he has a chance to make it to the next level.