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My take on the Lions possible 53 man roster projections (way way to early to tell)


OFFENSE

NO

NAME

POS

AGE

HT

WT

EXP

COLLEGE

QUARTERBACKS

9

Matthew Stafford

QB

25

6-3

232

5

Georgia

14

Shaun Hill

QB

33

6-3

220

12

Maryland

17

Kellen Moore

QB

23

6-0

197

2

Boise State

RUNNING BACKS

21

Reggie Bush

RB

28

6-0

203

8

USC

25

Mikel Leshoure

RB

23

6-0

227

3

Illinois

6

Theo Riddick

WR

21

5-10

201

R

Notre Dame

35

Joique Bell

RB

26

5-11

220

3

Wayne State (Mich.)

WIDE RECEIVERS

81

Calvin Johnson

WR

27

6-5

236

7

Georgia Tech

84

Ryan Broyles

WR

25

5-10

188

2

Oklahoma

10

Corey Fuller

WR

22

6-2

204

R

Virginia Tech

13

Nate Burleson

WR

31

6-0

198

11

Nevada

19

Devin Thomas

WR

26

6-2

221

4

Michigan State

TIGHT ENDS

87

Brandon Pettigrew

TE

28

6-5

265

5

Oklahoma State

85

Tony Scheffler

TE

30

6-5

255

8

Western Michigan

89

Michael Williams

TE

--

6-5

278

R

Alabama

47

Joseph Flauria

TE

23

6-7

255

R

UCLA

OFFENSIVE LINE

61

Bill Nagy

C

25

6-3

308

3

Wisconsin

75

Larry Warford

G

--

6-3

333

R

Kentucky

67

Rob Sims

G

29

6-3

312

8

Ohio State

70

Jason Fox

OT

24

6-6

314

4

Miami (Fla.)

71

Riley Reiff

OT

24

6-6

313

2

Iowa

78

Corey Hillard

T

28

6-6

300

5

Oklahoma State

51

Dominic Raiola

C

34

6-1

295

13

Nebraska

65

Dylan Gandy

G

31

6-3

295

8

Texas Tech

74

Rodney Austin

G

24

6-4

311

1

Elon

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINE

98

Nick Fairley

DT

25

6-4

298

3

Auburn

90

Ndamukong Suh

DT

26

6-4

307

4

Nebraska

94

Ezekiel Ansah

DE

23

6-6

270

R

Brigham Young

91

Jason Jones

DE

26

6-5

276

6

Eastern Michigan

79

Willie Young

DE

27

6-5

251

4

North Carolina State

92

Devin Taylor

DE

23

6-8

267

R

South Carolina

97

Ronnell Lewis

DE

22

6-2

253

2

Oklahoma

99

C.J. Mosley

DL

29

6-2

310

9

Missouri

LINEBACKERS

54

DeAndre Levy

LB

26

6-2

238

5

Wisconsin

55

Stephen Tulloch

LB

28

5-11

240

8

North Carolina State

58

Ashlee Palmer

LB

27

6-1

236

5

Mississippi

59

Tahir Whitehead

LB

23

6-1

228

2

Temple

50

Travis Lewis

LB

25

6-1

240

2

Oklahoma

57

Brandon Hepburn

LB

23

6-2

240

R

Florida A&M

CORNERBACKS

23

Chris Houston

CB

28

5-11

178

7

Arkansas

28

Bill Bentley

CB

23

5-10

176

2

Louisiana-Lafayette

30

Darius Slay

CB

--

6-1

190

R

Mississippi State

36

Jonte Green

CB

23

6-0

184

2

New Mexico State

33

Chris Greenwood

CB

23

6-1

193

2

Albion

41

Ron Bartell

CB

31

6-1

210

9

Howard

SAFETY

26

Louis Delmas

S

26

5-11

202

5

Western Michigan

27

Glover Quin

S

27

6-0

207

5

New Mexico

32

Don Carey

S

26

5-11

192

5

Norfolk State

39

Ricardo Silva

S

24

6-3

225

2

Hampton

42

Amari Spievey

S

25

5-11

195

4

Iowa

SPECIAL TEAMS

--

David Akers

PK

38

5-10

200

15

Louisville

--

Sam Martin

P

--

6-1

205

R

Appalachian State

48

Don Muhlbach

LS

31

6-4

265

10

Texas A&M

There are a few guys here like John Wendling that I didn't add too the 53 that need to be explained. I believe the following players are all battling it out direct and indirectly for that last roster spot

John Wendling

Carmen Messina

Brandon Hepburn

Amari Spievey

Dominic Raiola

Pat Edwards

Steven Miller

Kellen Moore

Mike Thomas

Who is going to return punks and kick offs?

The wild card dynamic in this is the Lions don't have a defined player as a returner. Advantage Mike Thomas, Steve Miller, and Patrick Edwards.

If you have kick return ability you have a shot. There is also a chance that a move could be made in the return game if the players available don't cut it in camp.

Will the Lions sign a Veteran player?

Also missing from this is the likely hood that a veteran OT will be added adding to mystery to the fact that "hey somebody has to be dropped"..... that in my opinion could be Raiola if he loses his starting spot to Naga.... OR Spievey if head trauma continues to be a issue... OR Kellen Moore if it really comes down too it.

Heavy on Defensive backs and Offensive linemen.....

As we saw last year, if your secondary falls apart then it is devastating. The other thing that could turn this season into a train Wreck is if you lose people up front. O Line wise the Lions haven't had a lot of injury issues but I am lead to believe we are spoiled by this. And that we need to prepare for the worse.

Heavy on D linemen......

Defensive linemen will all play. Not like some positions. This group needs to be able to sub in and out and stay fresh so a higher volume of players is needed to be active on game day.

To early to tell......

Injuries can't be projected. Neither is players stepping up that you didn't expect. You can't look a gift horse in the mouth and cut a guy just because of draft status or lack of draft status if he is "Balling".... you keep him. We don't know if a player or players will force a decision to be made with their play.

Conclusion......

I think baring injury and major regression those already identified will make the team.

Kicker is interesting but realistically I think Akers wins this job... unless he falls apart (which he kinda did last year)

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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