The Indianapolis Colts have to cut their current roster of 75 players down to 53 by 4 p.m. on Friday. I currently think there's 48 guys on the current roster that are locks for spots. That leaves only five spots available to make the cut.
I think there are honestly 20 guys that can make an argument for those final five spots. It's going to be a tough decision for the Colts front office to cut the roster down to the max 53 players.
Currently, this is the breakdown of players per position I think are locks:
QB: 2 (Luck, Stanton)
RB: 3 (Brown, Carter, Ballard)
WR: 5 (Wayne, Collie, Avery, Hilton, Brazill)
TE: 4 (Fleener, Allen, Miller, Smith)
LT: 2 (Castonzo, Foster)
LG: 2 (Reitz, Olsen)
C: 1 (Satele)
RG: 2 (McGlynn, Tepper)
RT: 2 (Justice, Linkenbach)
P: 1 (McAfee)
K: 1 (Vinatieri)
LS: 1 (Snow)
DE: 4 (Redding, Moala, Nevis, Matthews)
DT: 3 (Johnson, Chapman, Anunoby)
OLB: 5 (Mathis, Freeney, Hughes, Fugger, Addison)
MLB: 4 (Conner, Freeman, Angerer, Lloyd)
CB: 4 (Davis, Powers, Vaughn, Gordy)
FS: 1 (Bethea)
SS: 1 (Zbikowski)
Last year, the Colts' depth chart looked like this by positions:
RB: 5 (two fullbacks)
Obviously, the Colts changed coaches and schemes, but I feel they will keep somewhat of a similar model. Questions are, obviously, do you want to carry three quarterbacks on a roster, how many running backs or receivers do they want to keep and what about the secondary?
These are my 20 players right now on the bubble that can either play their way on the team in the last preseason game against Cincinnati on Thursday or play their way off.