Yesterday we told you about five players who will we see as being on the short list to be cut before week 1 of the season rolls around. Today we are going to look at players who we see as standing a chance to be that "last man in" on the first iteration of the 53 man roster when the team goes into week 1.
Let's jump right in.
Don't ask me why but I think Shaq Petteway finds a way to make the team. Maybe in place of Nick Dzubnar. So that's my surprise guy that makes the roster, not that I think he'll contribute any more than what Dzubnar did last year.
Though many are already on the Swain Train, Chris Swain is my surprise to make the first 53. He is, after all, an undrafted free agent. He offers a skill set that no other back currently does for SD. His running style, military service and established nickname should make him a fan favorite this preseason.
Safety Adrian McDonald. Has the big hit ability and a nose for the football (17 interceptions/259 tackles) plus he has some real value as a Special Teams contributor. I don't care how good the other Safety named Adrian looked in mini-camp, McDonald will be picked up for Safety depth & will have a role on Special Teams.
Jamaal Jones- Couldn't decide between a WR or a S but with the additions of Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Moss (Williams) the team gets a sure-handed possession WR in Jones. He's far from flashy, but he's consistent and makes plays. He gets the nod over Inman.
My pick for surprise name to make the first 53-man roster is Trevor Robinson because everything is awful.
The surprise make on opening day is somebody who is not on this roster right now. I expect that somebody who is cut from another team or possibly trade for will be the lucky lad. Stay tuned for this development.
I'm with Kyle as far as trying to decide between a WR or a S. I'm with Daniel that the Swain Train makes the roster, but that's not a surprise to me. I'm going with Adrian McDonald as well, though. I think the current group of safeties is going to need help, and McDonald can tackle AND play the ball.
Throw your picks in the comments.