USA TODAY Sports
Akers' health is the biggest factor in his bid to replace Jason Hanson.
50. Ron Bartell, CB: The nine-year veteran was brought in to compete for the starting job, but will more likely provide leadership for the Lions' younger, more talented corners.
49. Joseph Fauria, TE (UDFA): Expectations are high for Fauria who is receiving considerable hype due to his size and athleticism, but it's a numbers game. He could easily make the roster or just as easily be cut.
48. Chris Greenwood, CB: As should be expected, Greenwood has shown flashes of brilliance due to his amazing physical gifts. However, he also has a total lack of NFL experience. It's essentially his rookie year, so don't expect much from him this season.
47. John Wendling, S: He's a valuable special teams player, but if he's forced into the starting lineup again, the Lions are in trouble.
46. Shaun Hill, QB: He's recovering from minor foot surgery, but he'll return, and if all goes well, Lions' fans won't see him all year.
45. Kris Durham, WR: Durham joined the Lions' active roster late last season due to mounting injuries, and he's shown enough to stay there. He's no lock to win a roster spot, but the second former college roommate of Matthew Stafford is in a good position.
44. Theo Riddick, RB: Let's be honest, the Riddick pick has been questioned by many. He's versatile, but RB wasn't exactly a big need for the Lions. It will be interesting to find out what his role will be this year.
43. David Akers, K: Historically, he's great, but last season, he was historically bad. Akers might be the favorite, but if he doesn't rebound from injury—and accuracy—troubles await if Rugland is to pull off a stunner.
42. Michael Williams, TE: Not as athletic as Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler or Fauria, but look for Williams to make an impact as an extra offensive lineman this year, ala Riley Reiff last season.
41. Ronnell Lewis, DE: The Lions drafted two defensive ends this year who will most likely rise above Lewis on the depth chart. He will find himself firmly entrenched on special teams for the second straight year.