Predicting the Falcons' 2012 Practice Squad Roster

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IIAugust 30, 2012

Predicting the Falcons' 2012 Practice Squad Roster

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    The Atlanta Falcons haven't even announced their 53-man roster yet, but it's time to start thinking about who winds up on the practice squad. The practice squads on NFL rosters are eight guys who normally stood out in camp as developmental projects and can be good long term fits for a team.

    In the past, the Falcons have actually had some success with their undrafted practice squad prospects. They've had cornerback Brent Grimes and offensive tackle Tyson Clabo eventually earning their way not just to the starting lineup for the Falcons, but for the NFC in the Pro Bowl.

    But before that, there has to be a 53-man roster decided on and projected to see where the practice squad guys will be needed.

    Projecting the final 53-man roster and cuts:

    Offense (seven backs, eight receivers, nine linemen, 24 total)

    QB: Matt Ryan/Dominique Davis

    RB: Michael Turner/Jason Snelling/Jacquizz Rodgers/Antone Smith

    FB: Mike Cox/Jason Snelling

    WR: Julio Jones/Harry Douglas

    WR: Roddy White/Kerry Meier/Tim Toone

    TE: Tony Gonzalez/Michael Palmer/LaMark Brown

    LT: Sam Baker/Lamar Holmes

    LG: Justin Blalock/Mike Johnson/Garrett Reynolds

    C: Todd McClure/Joe Hawley/Peter Konz 

    RG: Peter Konz/Garrett Reynolds/Mike Johnson

    RT: Tyson Clabo/Mike Johnson/Lamar Holmes 

    Defense (10 DL, six LB, 10 DB, 26 total) 

    DE: Ray Edwards/Kroy Biermann/Jonathan Massaquoi

    DT: Jonathan Babineaux/Travian Robertson 

    DT: Peria Jerry/Vance Walker

    DE: John Abraham/Lawrence Sidbury/Cliff Matthews

    OLB: Sean Weatherspoon/Robert James 

    MLB: Akeem Dent/Mike Peterson 

    OLB: Stephen Nicholas/Spencer Adkins 

    RCB: Dunta Robinson/Asante Samuel/Chris Owens 

    LCB: Brent Grimes/Dominique Franks 

    SS: William Moore/Chris Hope/Charles Mitchell

    FS: Thomas DeCoud/Shann Schillinger

    Special teams (one K, one P/KO, one LS, three total) 

    K: Matt Bryant 

    KO: Matt Bosher 

    P: Matt Bosher 

    KR: Jacquizz Rodgers/Dominique Franks 

    PR: Harry Douglas/Dominique Franks 

    LS: Joe Zelenka 

    H: Matt Bosher/Kerry Meier 

    The Cuts

    QB Luke McCown, RB Dimitri Nance, FB Lousaka Polite, FB Lee Meisner, WR Drew Davis, WR James Rodgers, WR Kevin Cone, WR Marcus Jackson, TE Tommy Gallarda, OT Bryce Harris, OG Andrew Jackson, OG Philipkeith Manley, C Tyler Horn, DT Micanor Regis, DT Conrad Obi, LB Rico Council, LB Pat Schiller, LB Jerrell Harris, CB Marty Markett, CB Robert McClain, CB Peyton Thompson, S Suaesi Tuimaunei, LS Josh Harris

WR Kevin Cone

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    Kevin Cone was on the practice squad in 2011 and has earned the right to at least stay on that squad this season. He's very raw as a receiver, but he has high upside as a special teams player and could eventually turn into another Brian Finneran.

WR James Rodgers

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    Small like his brother, James Rodgers has good burst and the ability to stretch a defense. The main issue that he has is determining how to find soft spots in zone defenses and trusting his hands. Once he sorts these issues out, he could end up as another Eric Weems clone.

TE Tommy Gallarda

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    Gallarda was on the practice squad in 2011, much like Kevin Cone was. However, he is starting to look more and more like a Reggie Kelly clone than a pass-catching tight end.

    In the end, this will end up being either him or LaMark Brown. It just depends on who earns the spot on the 53-man roster.

OT Bryce Harris

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    Bryce Harris wears No. 73. Harvey Dahl wore No. 73 for the Falcons. Harris is big, strong and tough and looks like he is going to be an animal. He just needs some time to develop, and the practice squad is perfect for him to learn.

OL Andrew Jackson

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    Andrew Jackson, or "El Presidente," looks like he is going to be a good depth player at guard. The issue there is, the Falcons only tend to keep four players who can play guard on their 53-man roster and will easily have those in Mike Johnson, Peter Konz, Justin Blalock and Garrett Reynolds.

DT Micanor Regis

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    Regis is just a player who is being overshadowed by ridiculous depth at the defensive tackle position. He's very possibly earned a roster spot, but Travian Robertson looks to have it locked down for now as the fifth defensive tackle.

LB Pat Schiller

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    Schiller has impressed in his short time on the field. He's been able to play not just the outside linebacker spots, but contribute as a middle linebacker. He's a natural leader, but his special teams need work before he will be able to make the 53-man roster.

CB Marty Markett

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    Out of all the defensive backs, Markett has proven that South Carolina just has a nasty defensive prospect group. He's been able to not just compete for the fifth spot at corner, but if Chris Owens is cut, expect Markett to be the guy who takes his spot on the roster. He should be on the practice squad at a minimum.

    Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.