Presenting The Fifth Annual Cincinnati Bengals 53-Man Roster Prediction

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 1: Anthony Collins #73, Domata Peko #94 and Rey Maualuga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals get set to lead the team onto the field before an NFL preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Colts won 17-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

We're finished. Remember this isn't our favorite players on the 53-man roster. This is the players that we believe the team will take by the 6:00 p.m. deadline to reach the 53-man roster limit; Even though players you might favor aren't selected, keep in mind that our locks kept the practice squad in mind (obviously provided that they clear waivers).

Offense (25)

Quarterback (2): Andy Dalton, Bruce Gradkowski
Running Back (4): Cedric Benson, Bernard Scott, Brian Leonard, Cedric Peerman
Full Back (1): Chris Pressley
Offensive Line (9): Andrew Whitworth, Bobbie Williams, Kyle Cook, Andre Smith, Anthony Collins, Clint Boling, Nate Livings, Dennis Roland, Reggie Stephens
Wide Receiver (6): A.J. Green, Jerome Simpson, Jordan Shipley, Andre Caldwell, Quan Cosby, Ryan Whalen
Tight End (3): Jermaine Gresham, Chase Coffman, Colin Cochart

Defense (25)

Defensive Line (8): Domata Peko, Geno Atkins, Pat Sims, Carlos Dunlap, Michael Johnson, Robert Geathers, Jonathan Fanene, Frostee Rucker
Linebackers (7): Rey Maualuga, Brandon Johnson, Thomas Howard, Manny Lawson, Dan Skuta, Dontay Moch, Vincent Rey
Defensive Backs (10): Chris Crocker, Reggie Nelson, Robert Sands, Leon Hall, Nate Clements, Morgan Trent, Kelly Jennings, Taylor Mays, Rico Murray, Jonathan Wade

Place-kicker (1): Mike Nugent
Punter (1): Kevin Huber
Long Snapper (1): Clark Harris

Notes:

  • DeQuin Evans could easily replace Vincent Rey on the roster, though we believe the vital part at this point on the roster is significant special teams contributions.
  • We picked Jonathan Wade over Gibril Wilson because Wilson is coming off a major injury and there's only so many players in the secondary you can be concerned about with injuries resurfacing.
  • There's always the chance in which Bo Scaife doesn't go on Injured Reserve. In that case Chase Coffman is gone.
  • Andrew Hawkins presented a strong case that he should be the sixth wide receiver on the team. Though he was strong on special teams, Ryan Whalen presents just as much plus added ability as a wide receiver in this offense.
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