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Detroit Lions post draft 53-man roster prediction

A look at what the Detroit Lions 2016 53-man roster may look like for the regular season.

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The 2016 NFL Draft is done and the last free agency roster tweaks are finishing up. Soon, we will have a pretty firm idea on who the 90 players will be headed to the Detroit Lions training camp.

With that in mind, here's our first prediction at what the final 53-man roster may look like heading into the regular season. Again, I did not include any 2016 undrafted free agents, because the team has yet to confirm any of those signings.

QB Matthew Stafford
QB Dan Orlovsky
QB Jake Rudock

RB Stevan Ridley
RB Ameer Abdullah
RB Theo Riddick
RB Zach Zenner

RB George Winn
RB Dwayne Washington

FB Michael Burton

WR Golden Tate
WR Marvin Jones
WR Jeremy Kerley

WR TJ Jones
WR Andre Caldwell
WR Corey Fuller
WR Corey Washington
WR Austin Willis
WR Ryan Spadola
TE Brandon Pettigrew
TE Eric Ebron
TE Tim Wright
TE Matthew Mulligan

OT Riley Reiff
OT Taylor Decker
OT Michael Ola
OT Corey Robinson

OT Cornelius Lucas
OT Lamar Holmes
OT Tyrus Thompson

OG Laken Tomlinson
OG Larry Warford

OG Joe Dahl
OG Geoff Schwartz
OG Darren Keyton

C Travis Swanson
C Graham Glasgow
C Gabe Ikard
DE Ziggy Ansah
DE Devin Taylor
DE Anthony Zettel
DE Wallace Gilberry

DT Haloti Ngata
DT Tyrunn Walker
DT A'Shawn Robinson
DT Caraun Reid

DT Stefan Charles
DT Gabe Wright
DT Khyri Thornton
DT Kerry Hyder

LB DeAndre Levy
LB Tahir Whitehead
LB Josh Bynes
LB Brandon Copeland
LB Antwione Williams
LB Kyle Van Noy
LB Stephen Tulloch
LB Khaseem Greene
LB Jerry Franklin
CB Darius Slay
CB Nevin Lawson
CB Alex Carter
CB Quandre Diggs
CB Darrin Walls
CB Johnson Bademosi

CB Crezdon Butler

S Glover Quin
S Rafael Bush
S Miles Killebrew
S Tavon Wilson

S Isaiah Johnson
S Don Carey

K Matt Prater

P Sam Martin
P Kyle Christy

LS Jimmy Landes
LS Don Muhlbach


There are going to be serious camp battles at almost every position on offense. At quarterback, the Lions may only choose to go with two quarterbacks, but I think the Lions will go with three, because while Rudock is not NFL-ready yet, they don't want to risk losing him by trying to stash him on the practice squad.

At running back, the fight for the fourth (and potentially fifth) roster spots is going to be heated. Zach Zenner has to be the presumed leader, since he had some meaningful contributions last year before suffering an injury. Dwayne Washington: enjoy the practice squad.

Wide receiver will be another interesting position to watch. The first three spots are pretty much set in stone, but beyond that, who knows? New addition Andre Caldwell has the early leg up, but between him, TJ Jones and Corey Fuller, it's going to be a ruthless camp competition.

Along the offensive line, I have the Lions keeping a lot of interior depth. Geoff Schwartz sticks around due to his experience and versatility, having played both guard and tackle. Travis Swanson barely keeps his job, along with Corey Robinson, whose youth keep him around for one more season.


The biggest notable cuts here are Gabe Wright and Kyle Van Noy, both of whom didn't show enough in the previous years, and were pushed out by draft picks A'Shawn Robinson and Antwione Williams, respectively.

In the secondary, Tavon Wilson takes over for the long-tenured Don Carey simply because he can provide actual depth at safety while still filling a special teams role.

Special teams:

I'm sorry, Don Muhlbach, but your time is up. While I don't think this move is as set in stone as some make it out to be, right now Jimmy Landes has to be considered the favorite to land the long snapping job. Enjoy retirement, Muhldozer. You earned it.