43. Sherrick McManis
Last Year: 44
Last season McManis had to jump into the slot role when Bryce Callahan went down. The defense did not fall flat on its face, and McManis proved in brief stretches that he could be more than just a special teams player. However, entering 2019 McManis only moved up one spot from last year.
That is because this year it is even less likely for him to get on the field. The Bears not only replaced Callahan with Buster Skrine, but they also added Duke Shelley in the draft. On top of that, while his overall work with the Bears may have been fine last season, the last play on defense in 2018 was a touchdown pass to Golden Tate lined up on McManis.
Entering 2019 McManis still has an inside shot at a roster spot. His special team’s prowess gives him a heads up over many other end-of-the-roster players. However, he is less likely to get on the field for defense than he was previously.