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Lions 53-man roster prediction: Pre-training camp edition

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

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With training camp about to begin, it's time for another guess at what the Detroit Lions' 53-man roster will look like when the final cuts are made next month. My picks to make the team are bolded and 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
RB George Winn

FB Jed Collins
FB Chad Abram

WR Calvin Johnson
WR Golden Tate
WR Ryan Broyles
WR Kris Durham
WR Jeremy Ross

WR TJ Jones
WR Kevin Ogletree
WR Corey Fuller
WR Pat Edwards
WR Cody Wilson
WR Andrew Peacock
WR Reese Wiggins
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 A.J. Dalton

OG Rob Sims
OG Larry Warford
OG Rodney Austin

OG Garrett Reynolds
OG Alex Bullard
OG Bryce Quigley

C Dominic Raiola
C Travis Swanson

C Darren Keyton
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 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

K Nate Freese
K Giorgio Tavecchio

P Sam Martin
P Drew Butler

LS Don Muhlbach

(You can see last month's 53-man roster prediction here.)

On offense, I'm sticking with two quarterbacks, four running backs and one fullback. I could definitely see Montell Owens making the team over an extra linebacker or safety if it's simply based on the best special teams contributor, but I just think the Lions would get more value out of extra depth on defense. They are pretty stacked at running back, and they don't really need an extra fullback. They also don't really need a third quarterback as long as everyone stays healthy.

At wide receiver, I went with Kris Durham instead of Kevin Ogletree in this 53-man roster prediction. I just have a feeling that Durham will manage to stick around as either the Lions' No. 3 or No. 4 wide receiver. The hope would be that TJ Jones emerges to take one of those spots, but with him opening camp on the PUP list, that seems unlikely.

I didn't make any changes at the other offensive positions, and the defense and special teams are essentially the same as last time. The only real difference is I don't have Chris Houston opening the season on the PUP list since he's no longer even on the team. Aside from that, my predictions for the defense and special teams are unchanged.

Once practice begins and preseason games take place, predicting the 53-man roster will get a lot easier. Position battles will become clearer, and players will emerge as being worthy of a spot on the active roster. For now, there are still a lot of question marks, but what does your 53-man roster look like going into training camp?

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