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

Maurice Stovall of the Detroit Lions celebrates after catching a touchdown pass from Drew Stanton.
Maurice Stovall of the Detroit Lions celebrates after catching a touchdown pass from Drew Stanton.

I made one big change on each side of the ball for this week's Detroit Lions roster prediction. Let's start first with the change on offense.

WR Maurice Stovall in, FB Jerome Felton out

Stovall had an excellent game against the Cleveland Browns last week, catching four passes for 67 yards and one touchdown. More importantly, he showed he can be a reliable target at wide receiver. The same can't be said for Derrick Williams, who lost his spot in last week's roster prediction. Stovall has clearly passed him on the depth chart, and I now have Stovall securing a spot on the roster.

The difficult part about adding Stovall was deciding who should not make the 53-man roster. In the end I settled on Felton. When thinking about worth to the team, I ultimately decided that Stovall was more valuable to the Lions than Felton. Obviously there could be a problem with not having a true fullback on the roster, but I think Will Heller has shown enough at fullback to allow the Lions to part ways with Felton. Also, with Stefan Logan helping depth in the backfield (I probably should just list him as a running back instead of a receiver), the Lions can afford to go with Stovall at receiver instead of Felton at fullback.

LB Doug Hogue in, CB Nathan Vasher out

A number of you have disagreed with keeping Vasher over Hogue in my first two roster predictions, and I have finally come around to that line of thinking. In this edition I have Hogue, the Lions' fifth-round pick, making the team over the veteran Vasher.

The one disclaimer I will present is that Vasher not making the team is based on the assumption that Alphonso Smith will be healthy and ready to go in the regular season opener. It seems he's made progress with his broken foot, but if for some reason he's not healthy to start the season, you could see the Lions keep a sixth cornerback on their initial 53-man roster. I'm not sure which linebacker would be the odd man out in that scenario, but I have a hard time believing Hogue would make the team over Ashlee Palmer and Isaiah Ekejiuba.

In any case, you can check out my latest 53-man roster prediction below (players in bold are the ones I have making the team).

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 Maurice Stovall

WR Stefan Logan
WR Derrick Williams
WR Tim Toone
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
TE Gijon Robinson

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

OT Johnny Culbreath
OT Kirk Chambers

OG Rob Sims
OG Stephen Peterman
OG Donald Thomas

C Dominic Raiola
C Dylan Gandy

C Dan Gerberry
C Rudy Niswanger
C Chris Morris

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 Aaron Berry
CB Brandon McDonald
CB Nathan Vasher
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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