After each NFL Draft, teams scramble for diamonds in the rough, signing as many players as they can to fill out their rosters in hopes of finding the next unheralded superstar. The Buffalo Bills have had some successes in the undrafted market, with Jason Peters and Fred Jackson coming to mind. For all their hits, they’ve had far more misses, which is to be expected when considering that there was ultimately a reason why an undrafted player was not selected in the seven rounds of the common draft.
In our latest installment of “90 players in 90 days,” we look at one of Buffalo’s undrafted free agents hoping to make enough of an impression to stick around in the league beyond this year’s training camp.
Name: Mo Porter
Height/Weight: 6’5” 305 lbs.
Draft: Entered the league as an undrafted free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft, signing with the Bills on April 28.
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Porter’s deal runs for three years and totals $1,710,000. In 2018, he will count $480,000 against the salary cap provided he makes the team.
2017 Recap: Porter started 11 games as the left tackle for the Baylor Bears in his senior year. He did not start the team’s opener against Liberty, but he played the entire second half.
Positional outlook: Porter joins a crowded field at the tackle position that includes veterans and younger players. Dion Dawkins will start at left tackle, and both Jordan Mills and Marshall Newhouse should make the roster as the right tackle and swing tackle. Conor McDermott, De’Ondre Wesley, and Josh James are young veterans who will battle with Porter, Gerhard de Beer, and Ike Boettger for the final spot on the active roster.
2018 Offseason: Little has been written about Porter thus far, but he has been at all offseason activities.
2018 season outlook: Porter is probably auditioning for a spot on a practice squad this season. While it’s possible that Buffalo will look to keep him on theirs, it’s also possible that he will sign with another team. Unless the Bills experience a rash of injuries at the tackle position or Porter has a fantastic camp, he will be looking elsewhere to continue his NFL dreams.