Post Draft Prediction for the Detroit Lions 53-Man Roster

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Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) carries the ball as Minnesota Vikings safety Robert Blanton (36) attempts to tackle during the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) carries the ball as Minnesota Vikings safety Robert Blanton (36) attempts to tackle during the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Currently on the roster: Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Theo Riddick, Mikel Leshoure, Steven Miller, Jed Collins, Montell Owens, and Chad Abram

There’s no question about the top two. Reggie Bush and Joique Bell teamed up last season to give the Lions a running attack that hasn’t been in Detroit in over a decade. The only real question is who will start? The New Orleans system that the Lions are implementing seems to fit Bell’s skill set at the featured back with Bush returning to the role he played while under Sean Payton.

The next three could all be on the bubble. Mikel Leshoure hasn’t even come close to living up to his second round draft status, but I don’t think Martin Mayhew will be quick to cut yet another second round pick. I think the Lions give him every opportunity to play in this offense. Theo Riddick should win a roster spot based on his outstanding special teams play, and the same could be said for undrafted rookie Chad Abram. If he can prove to be good enough on special teams he may be able to beat out Owens for the backup fullback spot on the roster.

My Guess: Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Theo Riddick, Mikel Leshoure, Jed Collins, and Chad Abram (6)

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