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Detroit Lions 53-Man Roster Prediction (Pre-Browns Game Edition)

One preseason game is in the books and another one will be after tonight. As a result, it's time for the second edition of my 2011 Detroit Lions 53-man roster prediction.

Last week I went through the roster and broke everything down position-by-position. I outlined why I went with certain players and discussed potential battles for spots that were looming. This week I've simplified things a bit since I only made one change to my 53-man squad: Aaron Brown is in; Derrick Williams is out.

The reason for this change is based mainly on what happened against the Cincinnati Bengals last week. Williams dropped two straight passes as the Lions were driving down the field. He did rebound nicely on the very next play with a 32-yard grab, and he did have another catch for 19 yards that was nullified by a Brown penalty.

While Williams showed he can make plays and has reportedly been having a solid camp, I think his inconsistency is ultimately going to be why the Lions go in another direction. The fact that Rashied Davis has seemingly locked up a spot doesn't help Williams' chances, nor does the fact that Brown showed he can run and catch the ball. Brown had 21 yards on four rushes last week, and perhaps more importantly he had five catches for 49 yards. A running back shouldn't be doing a better job of catching the ball than a receiver.

The next two weeks could obviously change things -- perhaps on both sides of the ball -- but for now I've got Brown beating out Williams for a spot on the team.

Below is a look at my full 53-man roster prediction (players in bold are the ones I have making the 53-man squad).

QB Matthew Stafford
QB Shaun Hill
QB Drew Stanton

QB Zac Robinson

RB Jahvid Best
RB Maurice Morris
RB Jerome Harrison
RB Aaron Brown

RB Mikel Leshoure (IR)
RB Ian Johnson
RB Mike Bell

FB Jerome Felton
FB Matt Clapp

WR Calvin Johnson
WR Nate Burleson
WR Titus Young
WR Rashied Davis
WR Stefan Logan

WR Derrick Williams
WR Tim Toone
WR Maurice Stovall
WR Nate Hughes
WR Demario Ballard
WR Dominique Barnes
WR Marcus Harris

TE Brandon Pettigrew
TE Tony Scheffler
TE Will Heller

TE Richard Dickson
TE Joe Jon Finley

OT Jeff Backus
OT Gosder Cherilus
OT Jason Fox
OT Corey Hilliard

OT Johnny Culbreath
OT Isaac Sowells
OT Kirk Chambers

OG Rob Sims
OG Stephen Peterman
OG Donald Thomas

OG Greg Niland

C Dominic Raiola
C Dylan Gandy

C Dan Gerberry
C Rudy Niswanger

DE Kyle Vanden Bosch
DE Cliff Avril
DE Lawrence Jackson
DE Willie Young

DE Narada Williams
DE Keyunta Dawson

DT Ndamukong Suh
DT Nick Fairley
DT Corey Williams
DT Sammie Hill
DT Andre Fluellen

DT Robert Callaway
DT Quinn Pitcock
DT Montavious Stanley

LB DeAndre Levy
LB Stephen Tulloch
LB Justin Durant
LB Bobby Carpenter
LB Isaiah Ekejiuba
LB Ashlee Palmer

LB Doug Hogue
LB Caleb Campbell
LB Cobrani Mixon
LB DeJuan Fulghum

CB Alphonso Smith
CB Eric Wright
CB Chris Houston
CB Nathan Vasher
CB Aaron Berry
CB Brandon McDonald

CB Prince Miller
CB Paul Pratt
CB Anthony Madison

S Louis Delmas
S Amari Spievey
S Erik Coleman
S John Wendling

S Ricardo Silva
S Michael Johnson
S Aaron Francisco

K Jason Hanson
K Dave Rayner

P Nick Harris
P Ryan Donahue

LS Don Muhlbach

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