Defensive Line/Edge (9)
The Lions suddenly look deep out on the edge, as they try to find someone to be a force opposite Hutchinson. Levi Onwuzurike is a big name cut here, as he faces an uphill climb to make the roster--due health or otherwise.
In base nickel sets, Anzalone and either Campbell or Rodriguez will be the two starting linebackers. Barnes could push for a bigger role, and he will be important depth as he enters a critical season for himself. Reeves-Maybin is back with the team after signing this offseason, as a core special teamer.
Moseley's recovery from a torn ACL last season invites the idea he could start training camp on the PUP list, but if that lasts to the start of the season it'd be surprising. Harris is a coaching staff favorite, and the UDFA Thomas makes the 53 here.
Gardner-Johnson is in line to the the Lions' primary slot corner, but he's technically a safety by position label. Branch is similarly versatile, and Melifonwu came into the league as a corner before moving to safety last year. Walker is making excellent progress from his torn Achilles, which makes him unlikely to land on the PUP list to start camp and a virtual lock to be a full-go for Week 1.
In this scenario, Melifonwu indeed carries momentum from OTAs into July/August and makes the team.
Roster Count: 50
PK Michael Badgley
P Jack Fox
LS Jake McQuaide
Badgley benefited from simply not participating in a lackluster minicamp kicking competition between John Parker Romo and Riley Patterson. Unless someone of note is signed, which feels unlikely now, the incumbent stands to go unchallenged.
Fox is one of the best punters in the NFL, the Lions' kickoff guy and the holder for kicks. McQuaide was signed to compete with long snapper Scott Daly, and it would be a surprise if he didn't win the job.