Lions 53-man roster prediction: Pre-preseason edition

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Who will make the Detroit Lions' 53-man roster? Here's my pre-preseason guess.

Admittedly, not a lot has changed with my Detroit Lions 53-man roster prediction from before training camp to now. We're only nine practices into training camp, and until some actual games are played, it's still tough to get a read on how certain battles for roster spots will play out.

Even so, I did end up making some adjustments to my 53-man roster prediction, and you can check out my pre-preseason guess below.

QB Matthew Stafford
QB Shaun Hill
QB Kellen Moore

QB Thaddeus Lewis

RB Reggie Bush
RB Mikel Leshoure
RB Joique Bell

RB Montell Owens
RB Steven Miller

RB Theo Riddick

FB Shaun Chapas

WR Calvin Johnson
WR Nate Burleson
WR Ryan Broyles

WR Kris Durham
WR Patrick Edwards

WR Mike Thomas
WR Corey Fuller
WR Micheal Spurlock
WR Chaz Schilens
WR Matt Willis
WR Terrence Austin
WR Cody Wilson
TE Brandon Pettigrew
TE Tony Scheffler
TE Michael Williams

TE Joseph Fauria
TE Matt Veldman

OT Riley Reiff
OT Corey Hilliard
OT Jason Fox
OT LaAdrian Waddle

OT Austin Holtz

OG Rob Sims
OG Larry Warford
OG Rodney Austin
OG Dylan Gandy

OG Jake Scott
OG Derek Hardman
OG Darren Keyton

C Dominic Raiola
C Leroy Harris
DE Ziggy Ansah
DE Jason Jones
DE Israel Idonije
DE Willie Young
DE Devin Taylor

DE Ronnell Lewis
DE Braylon Broughton

DT Ndamukong Suh
DT Nick Fairley
DT C.J. Mosley
DT Andre Fluellen

DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo
DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
DT Xavier Proctor

LB Stephen Tulloch
LB DeAndre Levy
LB Ashlee Palmer
LB Tahir Whitehead
LB Travis Lewis
LB Cory Greenwood

LB Carmen Messina
LB Brandon Hepburn
LB Jon Morgan
CB Chris Houston
CB Darius Slay
CB Jonte Green
CB Bill Bentley
CB Ron Bartell

CB Chris Greenwood
CB Ross Weaver
CB D.J. Johnson
CB DeQuan Menzie
CB Brandon King

S Glover Quin
S Louis Delmas
S Don Carey
S Chris Hope
S John Wendling

S Amari Spievey
S Tyrell Johnson
S Martavius Neloms
S Trevor Coston

K David Akers
K Havard Rugland

P Sam Martin
P Blake Clingan

LS Don Muhlbach

Changes to the 53-man roster

Steven Miller in, Micheal Spurlock out - When it comes to the return job, in-game performance is likely going to play the biggest factor in determining who makes the team. This is just a complete guess more than anything, but I like what I've heard so far about Miller.

Kris Durham and Patrick Edwards in, Mike Thomas and Corey Fuller out - Clearly I'm buying into the hype surrounding Durham and Edwards. Both players have seemingly been outstanding so far during camp, and right now it just seems like they are poised to bring more to the offense at wide receiver than Thomas and Fuller.

Dylan Gandy in, Leroy Harris out - Gandy and Jake Scott are both working ahead of Harris in the rotation at right guard. That could change down the road, but as of right now, I can't see Gandy being cut. He's in the mix to start at right guard, and he is an important backup at center as well. (I decided to keep Rodney Austin over Scott simply because Gandy and Scott are so similar. Keeping Austin to develop makes sense.)

Andre Fluellen in, Ogemdi Nwagbuo out - With Fluellen joining the team shortly after my last 53-man roster prediction came out, this was an easy switch to make.

Changes I decided against for the time being

The Kellen Moore vs. Thaddeus Lewis battle will depend on what happens during the preseason, so I decided to leave that the same. I also decided against adding Joseph Fauria as the fourth tight end, Ronnell Lewis as the sixth defensive end and Chris Greenwood as the sixth cornerback. I could see all three guys ending up on the team, but right now I just don't see room for them. Perhaps injuries or performances in the preseason will change that.

Generally speaking, it's important to remember that the Lions still have four games to be played before the final round of cuts arrives. A lot can and probably will change from now until then, and these predictions are far from set in stone as a result.

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