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Saints Nation: 2013 53 Man Roster Prediction (Part 1)

I'm likely to make several attempts at where things stand with the 53 man roster, but currently this is my prediction based on how things have played out in camp. Keep in mind this 53 man roster doesn't factor in players from other teams the Saints may pick off waivers during final cuts which typically happens to at least one or two roster spots. I've also designated eight guys for the practice squad, which assumes these guys are not picked up by someone else. Here we have the following::

QB (2) – Drew Brees, Luke McCown (cut – Seneca Wallace, Ryan Griffin)

WR (6) – Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Joe Morgan, Nick Toon, Andy Tanner, Courtney Roby (cut – Jarred Fayson, Chris Givens, Saalim Hakim, Preston Parker, Kenny Stills, Tim Toone)

TE (3) – Jimmy Graham, Ben Watson, Michael Higgins (Josh Hill, Keavon Milton)

RB (4) – Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas, Travaris Cadet (Khiry Robinson)

FB (1) – Jed Collins (Austin Johnson)

T (4) – Charles Brown, Zach Strief, Terron Armstead, Marcel Jones (Bryce Harris, Jason Smith)

G (4) – Ben Grubbs, Jahri Evans, Eric Olsen, Andrew Tiller (Ricky Henry, Tim Lelito, Jeremiah Warren)

C (1) – Brian de la Puente (Elliott Mealer)

DE (4) – Cameron Jordan, Kenyon Coleman, Akiem Hicks, Tom Johnson (Glenn Foster, Jay Richardson)

NT (2) – Broderick Bunkley, John Jenkins (Isaako Aaitui, Tyrunn Walker)

LB (8) – Junior Galette, Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne, Martez Wilson, Eric Martin, Ramon Humber (Chris Chamberlain, Will Herring, Rufus Johnson, Kevin Reddick, Ray Shipman, Baraka Atkins, Chase Thomas)

CB (5) – Keenan Lewis, Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson, Chris Carr, Rod Sweeting  (A. J. Davis, Korey Lindsay, Corey White, Dion Turner)

S (6) – Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Kenny Vaccaro, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Rafael Bush, Jim Leonhard (Jerico Nelson, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah)

K (1) – Garrett Hartley (Jose Maltos)

P (1) – Thomas Morstead

LS (1) – Justin Drescher


IR: Victor Butler, Kenny Stills (just have a feeling the Saints will stash him there with a fake injury)

Practice Squad: Corey White, Jerico Nelson, Rufus Johnson, Bryce Harris, Ryan Griffin, Saalim Hakim, Baraka Atkins, Tyrunn Walker

Based on this round of cuts, the biggest names are Corey White who started to open the season last year, veteran Chris Chamberlain, Seneca Wallace, Tyrunn Walker who made the team last year and Jason Smith. The biggest surprises are Eric Martin, Rod Sweeting and Andy Tanner who have impressed so far in camp this year.

Right now I view Sweeting, Martin, Tanner, Nick Toon and Chris Carr as rising players. The bubble players are Tyrunn Walker, David Hawthorne, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Jim Leonhard, Corey Whte, Seneca Wallace, Baraka Atkins, Rufus Johnson, Bryce Harris, Saalim Hakim, Chris Chamberlain, Will Herring, Andrew Tiller and Kenny Stills.

Thoughts on this 53 man roster? Anyone you'd cut that I have making it in favor of someone else?