Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, Trevis Gipson, James Vaughters, Barkevious Mingo (5)
Here is where the best player on the defense comes into play. Some may argue it is actually Eddie Jackson. Jackson is very close, but Khalil Mack is one of the most dominant forces in football. Mack is clearly the lock for starting outside linebacker.
Robert Quinn will be the number two guy as he replaces Leonard Floyd. Quinn is a better pass rusher and this defense should benefit nicely from adding him. Rookie fifth-round pick Trevis Gipson is likely going to win the third spot on the roster. He played out of position in college but will rush the passer by standing up in this defense.
James Vaughters will be the fourth option and Barkevious Mingo will only make the roster to play special teams. Neither of these guys should see a large amount of playing time outside of special teams, but they make decent depth pieces.
Yes, this means I do not believe Mack’s little brother Ledarius Mack will make the final 53-man roster. He will make the practice squad though and it would not shock me if he finds his way onto the 53-man roster before the season is over.