Predicting Which 53 Make the Final Cut

Because our new friend to the Chicago Bears beat, Michael Wright from, decided to rank the roster 1 to 65, JC took it a step further and predicted the 53-man roster for Week 1.


1. Jay Cutler
2. Caleb Hanie
3. Dan LeFevour

Omissions: Brett Basanez

Comments: LeFevour is too valuable to slip through waivers and be placed on the practice squad, plus Basanez is no longer practice squad-eligible, so Basanez is just a training camp arm at this point.

Running Back

4. Matt Forte
5. Chester Taylor
6. Garrett Wolfe
7. Kahlil Bell

Omissions: Brandon Minor

Comments: It makes sense to keep four ball carriers since Wolfe has no role on offense and only plays special teams, and Minor seems like a perfect candidate for a season of, well, seasoning on the practice squad.


8. Eddie Williams

Omissions: Will Ta'ufo'ou

Comments: Jason McKie is no longer in Chicago, and with Mike Martz's offense not featuring a lot of I-formation stuff, one fullback is plenty.

Wide Receiver

9. Devin Hester
10. Devin Aromashodu
11. Earl Bennett
12. Johnny Knox
13. Juaquin Iglesias

Omissions: Rashied Davis, Eric Peterman, Freddie Barnes, Antonio Robinson, Greg Mathews, Vic Hall

Comments: Having to keep a third quarterback on the roster means having to lose a spot somewhere else, and no matter his ability on special teams, there is no way to justify Davis over Iglesias anymore.

Tight End

14. Greg Olsen
15. Brandon Manumaleuna
16. Kellen Davis

Omissions: Desmond Clark, Richard Angulo, Kevin Brock

Comments: Olsen is the pass catcher, Manumaleuna is the run blocker and Davis still offers a lot of potential to do both, so with Clark headed into the final year of his deal, maybe the Bears say goodbye and let him explore other opportunities.

Offensive Line

17. Olin Kreutz
18. Frank Omiyale
19. Roberto Garza
20. Chris Williams
21. Kevin Shaffer
22. Josh Beekman
23. Lance Louis
24. J'Marcus Webb

Omissions: Johan Asiata, James Marten, Levi Horn, Tim Walter

Comments: The Bears tend to keep eight offensive lineman on their 53-man roster, making one inactive on game day, and with Webb having the most potential for down the road, he makes as much as sense as any to be No. 8.

Defensive Tackle

25. Tommie Harris
26. Marcus Harrison
27. Anthony Adams
28. Jarron Gilbert
29. Henry Melton

Omissions: Matt Toeaina, Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, Averell Spicer

Comments: If coach Lovie Smith really wants to move the 260-pound Melton from end to tackle, then that means Toeaina has once again become expendable.

Defensive End

30. Julius Peppers
31. Israel Idonije
32. Mark Anderson
33. Corey Wootton

Omissions: Barry Turner, Lawrence Wilson

Comments: Both Gilbert and Melton can play end if injuries occur, plus Idonije will always slide inside again at a moment's notice, so the defensive line as a whole looks to be deep and versatile.


34. Brian Urlacher
35. Lance Briggs
36. Pisa Tinoisamoa
37. Hunter Hillenmeyer
38. Nick Roach
39. Tim Shaw

Omissions: Kevin Malast, Matt Mayberry

Comments: Trading Jamar Williams to the Panthers cleared up a potential logjam at linebacker, and remember special team coordinator Dave Toub always has coverage ace Darrell McClover's number programmed into his phone.


40. Charles Tillman
41. Zack Bowman
42. Tim Jennings
43. Corey Graham
44. Joshua Moore

Omissions: D.J. Moore, Woodny Turenne, Cornelius Brown

Comments: General manager Jerry Angelo took a thinly-veiled swipe at D.J. Moore after selecting Joshua Moore in the draft, saying he has had it with short corners, but Turenne could stick around if Graham can't work his way out of the doghouse.


45. Chris Harris
46. Major Wright
47. Danieal Manning
48. Al Afalava
49. Craig Steltz
50. Josh Bullocks

Omissions: Quentin Scott

Comments: The Bears can afford to keep six safeties because Manning is nothing more than a nickel back and kick returner these days, plus every one of them is capable of playing a few phases on special teams.


51. Robbie Gould
52. Brad Maynard
53. Patrick Mannelly

Omissions: Richmond McGee

Comments: The Monsters of the Midway continue to feature one of the elite kicking games in the NFL.

Note: This 53-man roster assumes that the Bears don't make any more additions or subtractions prior to training camp, and also that nobody gets hurt. So, in other words, it could completely change by, say, tomorrow.

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John Crist is the Publisher of, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit and become a Chicago Bears insider.

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