Lions 53-man roster prediction: Post-minicamp edition

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What might the Detroit Lions' 53-man roster look like in a couple months? Let's take a post-minicamp stab at predicting it.

With the Detroit Lions completing their mandatory minicamp, their offseason training program has come to an end. The next time they take the field as a team, it will be for training camp. At that point, with on-field work taking place on a daily basis, we will start to get a better idea of what the Lions' 53-man roster might look like.

In the meantime, here's a post-minicamp guess at the Lions' 53-man roster (my picks to make the team are bolded/underlined):

QB Matthew Stafford
QB Dan Orlovsky

QB Kellen Moore
QB James Franklin

RB Reggie Bush
RB Joique Bell
RB Theo Riddick
RB Mikel Leshoure

RB Montell Owens
RB Steven Miller

FB Jed Collins
FB Chad Abram

WR Calvin Johnson
WR Golden Tate
WR Ryan Broyles
WR Jeremy Ross
WR Kevin Ogletree

WR TJ Jones
WR Kris Durham
WR Corey Fuller
WR Patrick Edwards
WR Cody Wilson
WR Naaman Roosevelt
WR Andrew Peacock
TE Eric Ebron
TE Brandon Pettigrew
TE Joseph Fauria

TE Jordan Thompson
TE Jacob Maxwell

OT Riley Reiff
OT LaAdrian Waddle
OT Corey Hilliard
OT Cornelius Lucas

OT Michael Williams
OT J.B. Shugarts

OG Rob Sims
OG Larry Warford
OG Rodney Austin

OG Darren Keyton
OG D.J. Morrell
OG Alex Bullard
OG A.J. Dalton

C Dominic Raiola
C Travis Swanson

DE Ziggy Ansah
DE Jason Jones
DE Devin Taylor
DE Darryl Tapp
DE Larry Webster

DE George Johnson
DE Kalonji Kashama

DT Ndamukong Suh
DT Nick Fairley
DT C.J. Mosley
DT Caraun Reid

DT Andre Fluellen
DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
DT Xavier Proctor
DT Greg Hickman

LB DeAndre Levy
LB Stephen Tulloch
LB Kyle Van Noy
LB Ashlee Palmer
LB Tahir Whitehead
LB Travis Lewis

LB Cory Greenwood
LB Julian Stanford
LB Brandon Hepburn
LB Justin Jackson
CB Darius Slay
CB Rashean Mathis
CB Bill Bentley
CB Chris Greenwood
CB Nevin Lawson
CB Cassius Vaughn

CB Chris Houston (PUP list)
CB Jonte Green
CB Aaron Hester
CB Mohammed Seisay

S Glover Quin
S James Ihedigbo
S Don Carey
S DeJon Gomes
S Isa Abdul-Quddus

S Jerome Couplin
S Gabe Lynn

K Nate Freese
K Giorgio Tavecchio

P Sam Martin

LS Don Muhlbach

On offense, my picks are the same as they were in May. I nearly made some changes by adding Kellen Moore as the Lions' third quarterback, but I just didn't see the value in keeping someone who may not even dress for a single game over a guy like Kevin Ogletree, who could provide extra depth at wide receiver. I suppose having Ryan Broyles on the PUP list would free up a spot for a third quarterback, but he took part in OTAs and the recent minicamp. At this point, Broyles looks like he should be ready for the start of the regular season.

On defense, I made a few changes. At linebacker, I swapped out Cory Greenwood for Travis Lewis, and I added Bill Bentley at cornerback and subtracted Jonte Green. I also decided to add Cassius Vaughn to the 53-man roster after putting Chris Houston on the PUP list to start the regular season. Considering he has been absent from recent offseason activities while recovering from toe surgery, Houston will almost certainly begin training camp on the PUP list. And unless he is 100 percent recovered and up to full speed by the start of September, it might make sense for the Lions to free up a spot at cornerback by keeping him on the PUP list for the first part of the regular season.

As training camp kicks off next month and the preseason begins, it will be a bit easier to make predictions about the Lions' 53-man roster. For now, though, what does your 53-man roster look like?

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