Monday open thread: Will any draft picks miss the preliminary 53-man roster?

It is virtually assured that not each draft decide will pan out from a given yr — it is only a stark reality of the gamble that’s the NFL Draft. Nonetheless, it’s not out of the realm of risk for a draft decide to not even make the roster of their rookie yr. Might that occur for the 2022 Detroit Lions?

The waiving of draft picks will not be a international idea to those who have adopted Detroit for some time. In 2020, fifth-rounder Jason Huntley did not make the preliminary 53-man roster and was claimed off waivers. The yr prior, seventh-round defensive sort out PJ Johnson was waived on cutdown day. In 2017, two rookies did not make the roster: quarterback Brad Kaaya (sixth spherical) and defensive finish Pat O’Connor (seventh spherical).

In Brad Holmes’ first yr as the final supervisor for the Lions, he went an ideal seven-for-seven along with his draft alternatives making the staff — not solely that, however most of them contributed considerably all through the season. Even after an energetic offseason, it appears doubtless that the majority, if not all, of those gamers will make this yr’s roster as effectively.

The 2022 draft class could be a special story, however not attributable to a scarcity of fine picks.

Barring some outrageous circumstances, the Lions’ first 4 alternatives must be roster locks. Aidan Hutchinson is the much-needed rusher move alongside the line of defense. Jameson Williams is the explosive playmaker. Josh Paschal is a flexible chess piece. Kerby Joseph is, on the very least, a strong security depth.

The following 4 picks, nonetheless, might need a bit extra uncertainty. As you’ll anticipate, James Mitchell is more likely to make the roster, however due to a deep and really unsettled tight finish group, there aren’t any ensures. Not solely does Mitchell want to return again wholesome, however he must fend off the likes of Devin Funchess, Garrett Griffin, Brock Wright, and Shane Zylstra, amongst others.

Subsequent up are a pair of linebackers, each of whom might face powerful competitors. Malcolm Rodriguez’s finest path to the roster is by way of particular groups, however so too are a bevy of different gamers. Chris Board, Jarrad Davis, Shaun Dion Hamilton, Natrez Patrick, Anthony Pittman, and Josh Woods might very effectively push him for one of many few particular groups spots. As for James Houston, not solely does he need to fend off the linebackers listed above, however he’s additionally dealing with competitors on the sting. He faces a stiff studying curve within the NFL, and it looks like scaling again his position early on is the Lions’ go-to technique for him.

Lastly, Chase Lucas joins an already crowded cornerback group. Not solely do the Lions have starters Jeff Okudah and Amani Oruwariye, however the depth is strong as effectively. Jerry Jacobs, Ifeatu Melifonwu, AJ Parker, and Mike Hughes are simply a number of the names forward of Lucas on the depth chart — to not point out security Will Harris getting prolonged appears to be like at nook. Coupled along with his standing as a late-round decide, Lucas has ample competitors for a spot on the roster.

The Lions roster is much-improved from 2021. Will that value a draft decide a spot on the roster?

Immediately’s Query of the Day is:

Will any draft picks miss the preliminary 53-man roster?

My reply: I believe three of them will not make the preliminary 53-man roster: Jameson Williams, James Houston, and Chase Lucas.

Earlier than you angrily kind away about Williams not making the roster, it is because he might land himself on the Bodily Unable to Carry out checklist (and subsequently wouldn’t rely in direction of the roster restrict). The timeline for Williams continues to be up within the air, however the Lions could go for the affected person route with him; as soon as wholesome, he’ll be a helpful asset on offense.

As for the opposite two gamers, I believe they may very well be victims of the numbers sport.

In 2021, the Lions carried 5 linebackers on their preliminary 53-man roster. Alex Anzalone and Derrick Barnes must be locks, however that leaves two or three (possibly 4 at most) backup spots between Houston, Rodriguez, Board, Davis, Hamilton, Patrick, Pittman, and Woods. Provided that Houston is a little bit of a undertaking in comparison with the opposite linebackers, he could be destined for the apply squad — if he clears waivers.

Okudah, Oruwariye, Melifonwu, Jacobs, and Parker put the Lions at 5 cornerbacks, six when you embody Will Harris. There is a non-zero probability Mike Hughes will get lower, however coming into coaching camp, he looks like an excellent wager to make the staff. Lucas must impress on protection and particular groups to make the roster. Early on, Lucas has impressed coaches throughout OTAs. If he can translate that to coaching camp and the preseason, he might stand up the depth chart. At this level, nonetheless, I nonetheless see him on the surface wanting in.

With eight new draft picks becoming a member of the Lions roster, what number of of them will discover themselves on the 53-man roster come September?

Your flip.

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