With training camp wrapping up and the preseason half-over, the abundance of rookies in Lions' training camp is nearing their last chance to make an impression on the team.
Some of the rookies will make the final roster; some will even be major impact players in 2012. Others will be cut and never heard from again in the NFL.
Most will fall somewhere inbetween, on the practice squad or special teams units, but every rookie on the roster is running out of time to get noticed before wholesale cuts start coming down.
Of course, that impression-building process is already well underway, for better or worse. Most likely, the Lions already have a very good idea of which rookies they want and where, and the last two weeks of the preseason will be more about confirming early impressions than discovering new talents.
In other words, we can get a very good idea of who has a shot at the roster by looking at grades from the first two weeks of the preseason. And what a coincidence! I happen to have some grades right here.