Running Back: 4
Matt Asiata Tion Green
Wide Receiver: 4
Jace Billingsley Jared Abbrederis Dez Stewart Noel Thomas Michael Rector Keyshawn Martin Dontez Ford
Tight End: 4
Khari Lee Scott Orndoff Andrew Prince Robert Tonyan Tim Wright
Nick Becton Corey Robinson
Brandon Thomas Connor Bozick
Defensive End: 6
Defensive Tackle: 5
Thurston Armbrister Steve Longa
Adarius Barnes Josh Thornton Tramain Jacobs
Alex Carter Rolan Milligan Charles Washington
Special Teams: 3
Will Not Count Against The Roster Due To Injury Or Suspension
Matthew Stafford and Jake Rudock make the team in this mock 53 man roster, while Brad Kaaya is left out. I like Kaaya a lot, but there simply isn’t room for three quarterbacks on a roster this deep. Hopefully Kaaya will make it onto the practice squad for this season.
Currently Dwayne Washington is beating out Matt Asiata for the fourth running back spot. Neither has looked great (or received great run blocking), but Washington has led the Lions in rushing yards in both preseason games. I think the Lions should opt for the younger, higher potential option in Washington. Washington also has more special teams value.
I think that the Lions should keep only four receivers along with another four tight ends. Eric Ebron is practically a receiver even though he is listed as a tight end, so this could actually be viewed as five receivers and three tight ends when looking at it that way.
There are no real surprises along the offensive line on this list. I have the Lions keeping Storm Norton as a backup at least until Taylor Decker is able to return from his injury, hopefully around mid season.
I believe that the Lions should keep 11 defensive linemen (six ends and five tackles) in an effort to have a very good rotation. The Lions don’t have a lot of star power on the defensive line, but they have young guys who have very high potential (Valoaga, Barrett, O’Connor and Ledbetter) and should get a chance to prove themselves this regular season.
I think the Lions will only keep five linebackers. Davis, Whitehead and Williams will be the starting three while Reeves-Maybin and Worrilow are more than capable backups who could even push for starting roles while also contributing on special teams.
The cornerbacks are the deepest group on the entire Lions team this year, so it was the hardest to decide which of them to cut. Slay, Lawson, Hayden, Tabor and Agnew all appear to be locks, so the sixth spot is really a battle between Johnson Bademosi and Quandre Diggs. Although Diggs is probably the better cornerback, I think Bademosi should get the spot for his elite special teams play.
There are no surprises at the safety position, as the four who I think should make the team all made the team last season.
Special Teams: 3
Matt Prater, Sam Martin and Don Muhlbach will be the specialists for the third consecutive season. All of them have done a great job in their time in Detroit, and there is no reason to expect that to stop any time soon. Elite special teams play was a big part of what made a winning record and making the playoffs possible last year, so these three had already earned their jobs before the preseason even began.