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Lions 53-man roster prediction: Post-minicamp edition

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

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Considering summer just officially started, the outlook of the Detroit Lions' 53-man roster could change quite a bit in the coming months. Training camp and the preseason need to take place before the final round of cuts arrives, meaning we are still working on rather limited information at this point in time.

Despite this, with the Lions holding their mandatory minicamp and wrapping up their offseason training program last week, now is a good time to take another stab at predicting their 53-man roster. Here's my latest guess (my picks to make the team are bolded/underlined):

QB Matthew Stafford
QB Dan Orlovsky
QB Kellen Moore

QB Garrett Gilbert

RB Joique Bell
RB Ameer Abdullah
RB Theo Riddick
RB George Winn

RB Zach Zenner
RB Desmond Martin

FB Michael Burton
FB Emil Igwenagu

WR Calvin Johnson
WR Golden Tate
WR Lance Moore
WR Corey Fuller
WR Jeremy Ross

WR Ryan Broyles
WR TJ Jones
WR Greg Salas
WR Andrew Peacock
WR Vernon Johnson
WR Jarred Haggins
TE Brandon Pettigrew
TE Eric Ebron
TE Joseph Fauria

TE Jordan Thompson
TE Casey Pierce
TE David Ausberry

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

OT Michael Williams
OT Xavier Proctor

OG Laken Tomlinson
OG Larry Warford
OG Manny Ramirez
OG Torrian Wilson

OG Al Bond

C Travis Swanson
C Taylor Boggs
C Darren Keyton
C Braxston Cave
DE Ziggy Ansah
DE Jason Jones
DE Darryl Tapp
DE Devin Taylor
DE Larry Webster

DE Corey Wootton
DE Phillip Hunt
DE Kerry Hyder

DT Haloti Ngata
DT Tyrunn Walker
DT Gabe Wright
DT Caraun Reid

DT Jermelle Cudjo
DT Roy Philon

LB DeAndre Levy
LB Stephen Tulloch
LB Tahir Whitehead
LB Josh Bynes
LB Kyle Van Noy
LB Travis Lewis

LB Julian Stanford
LB Brandon Copeland
LB Jerrell Harris
LB Kevin Snyder
CB Darius Slay
CB Rashean Mathis
CB Alex Carter
CB Nevin Lawson
CB Quandre Diggs
CB Josh Wilson

CB Chris Owens
CB Mohammed Seisay
CB Crezdon Butler

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

S Nate Ness
S Isaiah Johnson
S Brian Suite
S Taylor Mays

K Matt Prater
K Kyle Brindza

P Sam Martin

LS Don Muhlbach

The main question marks I had on offense were at running back, wide receiver and offensive tackle. At running back, for example, should I keep George Winn or an intriguing undrafted player like Zach Zenner? Ultimately, I went with Winn because of his proven abilities on special teams.

At wide receiver, meanwhile, it was tough to leave Ryan Broyles and TJ Jones on the outside looking in, but this once again comes back to special teams. I do expect Jeremy Ross to slip down the depth chart at receiver, but his ability to contribute on special teams both as a returner and a cover guy just gives him more value than Broyles and Jones for now. I personally would rather see Broyles or Jones stick around than Ross, but I put this prediction together based on how the Lions seemingly view these players.

Moving on to offensive tackle, the biggest question mark is LaAdrian Waddle's health. There's a lot of speculation that he will start the regular season on the PUP list, but I don't expect the Lions to make that move since it would automatically keep him out for the first chunk of the season. He may not be ready Week 1, but I can't imagine he will be out for the first month and a half of the season. As a result, I kept Waddle on the 53-man roster, leaving a tough call between Corey Robinson and Michael Williams for the final spot at tackle. Perhaps both players could make the team as extra insurance even if Waddle isn't on the PUP list, but keeping Torrian Wilson at guard means there's only room for one. This is a coin flip type of decision right now and one that will really be decided by how they play in the preseason, so let's just go with Robinson for the time being.

On the defensive side of the ball, things are a bit more straightforward at most positions. The top five at defensive end and top four at defensive tackle are pretty clear, for example, and the only real question mark at linebacker is about who will perform the best on special teams to win the sixth spot (I decided to go with Travis Lewis). In the secondary, meanwhile, the logjam at cornerback has been cleared up a bit with last week's release of Bill Bentley, so even that position has a pretty clear top six right now.

I suppose the biggest question mark on defense at this point is if the Lions will be able to find room for Corey Wootton on their 53-man roster. They did keep 10 defensive linemen last year, and he could be valuable to have around given that he can play both defensive end and tackle, but I just don't see room for 10 DL based on how the roster is currently constructed.

Of course, as always, a lot can and probably will change once training camp begins and the Lions actually hit the field for the preseason. In the meantime, though, what does your 53-man roster look like right now?