Final Mock 53-Man Roster: Sept. 4

Since January and through the draft, minicamps, training camp, and preseason, we've talked, discussed and debated about who will make up the 2009 edition of the Indianapolis Colts. Tomorrow, we find out, as NFL teams are required to cut their rosters to 53 players by 4 p.m. Inside, ColtPower editor Eric Hartz unveils his final guess at who's staying, and who's going.

Editor's Note: This is the fourth and final mock 53-man roster. The depth chart at Colts.com was not used in compiling this roster. To view the Aug. 11 roster, click here. For the Aug. 18 roster update, click here. For the Aug. 26 edition, click here.

Quarterbacks (2): Peyton Manning, Jim Sorgi.
Running backs (3): Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, Mike Hart.
Wide receivers (5): Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon, Taj Smith.
Tight ends (4): Dallas Clark, Jacob Tamme, Gijon Robinson, Tom Santi.
Offensive line (9): Ryan Diem, Mike Pollak, Jeff Saturday, Ryan Lilja, Charlie Johnson, Tony Ugoh, Kyle DeVan, Daniel Federkeil, Jamey Richard.
Defensive line (11): Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Antonio Johnson, Ed Johnson, Raheem Brock, Keyunta Dawson, Eric Foster, Fili Moala, Adrian Grady, Marcus Howard, Daniel Muir.
Linebackers: (6) Gary Brackett, Clint Session, Philip Wheeler, Tyjuan Hagler, Jordan Senn, Ramon Humber.
Defensive backs (10): Bob Sanders, Antoine Bethea, Marlin Jackson, Kelvin Hayden, Tim Jennings, T.J. Rushing, Jerraud Powers, Jamie Silva, Melvin Bullitt, Matt Giordano.
Kicker (1): Adam Vinatieri.
Punter (1): Pat McAfee.
Long snapper (1): Justin Snow.

NOTES: There have been two preseason games since my last roster prediction, so there are several changes on this roster.

First, according to the Indianapolis Star, Steve Justice, Dante Hughes and Nick Graham either have or will be cut. Neither Graham or Justice were on my last roster, so this saves me a tough decision about Hughes, a former third-round pick who has never justified his draft position, but who I have had on the previous incarnations of this roster.

On the offense, not much changed from last week. Taj Smith's big game against the Bengals confirmed my earlier faith in him, Tom Santi found his way back into the tight end mix, and Kyle DeVan replaced Jaimie Thomas on the offensive line. While I like Thomas' size and think he has potential, the Colts will have to hope he slides through waivers and can be signed to the practice squad.

On the defensive line, Eric Foster and Adrian Grady both rejoined the roster. Grady has shown he's the best rookie defensive tackle currently on the team, and Foster was held out of last night's game with Cincinnati, which tells me he's got a roster spot locked up. Meanwhile, fourth-round pick Terrance Taylor gets the ax. Don't expect to see him on the practice squad, however — I have the feeling he'll be signed by another team.

The linebackers remain the same as last week, with Jordan Senn, Ramon Humber and Tyjuan Hagler backing up the starters. Humber was on last week's roster and has only boosted his status in two games.

In the defensive backfield, only Hughes dropped out from last week. Undrafted rookie Jacob Lacey was a late decision, but could end up on the practice squad.

My biggest concerns with the numbers on this squad are with depth at linebacker and running back. However, with the versatile defensive line and the deep stock at safety, this shouldn't be a factor for the defense. It's more important to keep the best players than to try to hit a set "number" at any one position. At running back, Hart's health concerns scream for a fourth back, but I have a feeling Bob Sanders will start the season on the PUP list, which should clear a spot for either Chad Simpson or Lance Ball, provided they survive waivers.


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