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Which 2012 draft picks make 53 man roster?


This is as good a time as ever to make predictions, so let's consider which of this years draft picks make the opening day roster.

Picks one and two, Coples and Hill are locks, unless they end up on IR. Starting jobs, or at least serious playing time for both, although each has been quiet in camp, other than Hills first day or so where he had some great catches. It's early in camp though.

Third round pick Davis has been injured and just put on the pads, so we haven't seen much of him in camp. Based on his round and Rex's mini camp impressions (the over the top comparisons to Ray Lewis), you have to say Davis is a lock for sub packages at a minimum.

No 4th or 5th round picks this year, but Tim Tebow was acquired for that 4th. Figure him to make the team. I heard he may have been the subject of some interest so far.

In the 6th round, it gets more interesting. First up is Josh Bush. Figure him to make the team and to play ST, possibly get some looks in the dime. Next are the Baylor Bashers, Ganaway and Griffin. Ganaway should make the team as the last RB on roster, with looks at both HB and FB. Bilal Powells resurgence may have cost him a shot at more meaningful reps, and a fumble in the goal line drill the other day didn't help, but again, it's early in camp. Griffin at OL has a tougher road to make the 53 and his chances will probably be dictated by how many OLs are on final roster. We haven't heard much about his progress so far, but the scrimmage tonight and the first preseason games will be important. Tough to predict at this time, but it looks like he is at best ninth on the depth chart right now, behind the five starters, Ducasse, Schlauderhoff, and Howard. With a further addition at T a very strong possibility, I predict the Practice squad for Griffin.

In the 7th round we have Antonio Allen who has been a standout so far. Many have stated he was a steal in this round, and the early returns bear this out. Assuming his early performance is no mirage, he not only makes the team but is the nickel and pushes for a starting job next year, perhaps this year based on Landrys health and whether the team decides its time to move away from E Smith. Let's see how he does in coverage over the next two weeks. Lastly we have White at receiver who is a long shot based on depth. The Jets have what seems to be an infestation of receivers in camp and few can stay healthy. Figure Holmes, Kerley, Hill, and Shillens as locks (despite Rex's negative comments towards Kerley, it's unlikely he gets cut), and that Turner has looked good and has the advantage of incumbency, figure him to be the fifth and final receiver. White has an uphill climb to breakthrough the logjam. He may even have a tough time making the practice squad, given the needs there to retain other deserving players.

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