My final cuts are in.
Sorry, no refunds for a lack of accuracy on this one. Got a chuckle with David Haugh from the Tribune when we e-mailed back and forth about undertaking the same project. Our selections are pretty similar, and we didn't share notes.
Here is my list, and you can find the story from the print edition here.
Quarterback (2): Jay Cutler, Caleb Hanie
The Bears will find a practice squad quarterback and it could be Brett Basanez.
Running backs/fullbacks (5): Matt Forte, Kevin Jones, Garrett Wolfe, Adrian Peterson, Jason McKie
Two weeks ago, Peterson would not have made my cut.
Wide receivers (6): Devin Hester, Earl Bennett, Devin Aromashodu, Rashied Davis, Juaquin Iglesias, Johnny Knox
I hope Brandon Rideau gets a shot somewhere because the guys does the right things, says the right things and probably can play. Draft picks who won't play block his path here.
Tight ends (3): Greg Olsen, Desmond Clark, Kellen Davis
Just didn't see enough of Michael Gaines in preseason.
Offensive line (8): Orlando Pace, Frank Omiyale, Olin Kreutz, Roberto Garza, Chris Williams, Kevin Shaffer, Josh Beekman, Dan Buenning
The Bears didn't expect to keep Lance Louis when they drafted him, although he's done plenty to stick around on the practice squad. On paper, it's the deepest line Jerry Angelo has had with the Bears.
Defensive line (10): Alex Brown, Anthony Adams, Tommie Harris, Adewale Ogunleye, Mark Anderson, Henry Melton, Israel Idonije, Marcus Harrison, Jarron Gilbert, Matt Toeaina
If they drop down to nine here the final cut is between Melton and Toeaina. And for my money Toeaina is the player they will need more this season.
Linebackers (6): Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Pisa Tinoisamoa, Nick Roach, Jamar Williams, Hunter Hillenmeyer
Tried to find a spot for special teams man Darrell McClover but couldn't make it happen. I could be wrong. Undrafted rookie free agent Kevin Malast will get a job somewhere, even if it's just on the practice squad.
Defensive backs (10): Charles Tillman, Zack Bowman, Danieal Manning, Kevin Payne, Nathan Vasher, D.J. Moore, Corey Graham, Rod Hood, Al Afalava, Craig Steltz
Josh Bullocks doesn't warrant a starting job but probably deserves a job. Here we'll find out how much draft status means. As uncertain as some of the cornerbacks are when it comes to durability, I think they have to keep Hood.
Specialists (3): Robbie Gould, Pat Mannelly, Brad Maynard
Most reliable bunch on the roster.
We will see by Saturday where I went wrong. For now, you can tell me where I have erred.