Detroit Lions: Predicting the final 53-man roster for the 2021 season

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Detroit Lions: Cornerback (7)

  1. Jeff Okudah
  2. Amani Oruwariye
  3. A.J. Parker
  4. Ifeatu Melifonwu
  5. Mike Ford
  6. Nickell Robey-Coleman
  7. Bobby Price

Similar to linemen, NFL teams can’t seem to have enough cornerbacks.  The top five on this list are shoo-ins in my mind.  All five deserve roster spots, and there really isn’t much of a drop-off in performance in that group.  That may seem like a good thing, but it’s also a bit alarming.  I expect the top three to separate themselves early on in the season, with the rookie Melifonwu hopefully gaining some traction as well.

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I’ve been very impressed with Mike Ford this summer.  He’s seemed to carry some positive momentum into the ’21 season, which he established late last season.  Both Price and Ford have also enjoyed success on special teams.

I prefer Robey-Coleman over Corn Elder, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the organization elects to keep Elder over Robey-Coleman.

Detroit Lions: Safety (4)

  1. Tracy Walker
  2. Will Harris
  3. C.J. Moore
  4. Dean Marlowe

C.J. Moore has garnered the attention of his head coach in recent weeks, as Campbell mentioned Moore specifically as a player that has really stood out.  Campbell admitted the film didn’t really justify what the eye test has, and Moore seems like he’s beaten out Jalen Elliott for a final roster spot.

Detroit Lions: Special teams (3)

  1. Jack Fox
  2. Randy Bullock
  3. Scott Daley

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