Ranking the roster: 1-65

With the draft and rookie minicamp in the books and veteran minicamp not taking place until later this month, it appears the dead period is upon us. So we decided to take a stab at ranking the current roster from No. 1 to No. 65. We purposely omitted the undrafted rookies.

The top three are seemingly no-brainers considering Cutler, Peppers and Briggs make their respective units go. Given the all-important task of protecting one of the club’s most expensive investments, Williams might need to be a little higher. Kreutz, meanwhile, is getting up in age. But his role as traffic controller up front is vital.

1. Jay Cutler, QB

2. Julius Peppers, DE

3. Lance Briggs, LB

4. Brian Urlacher, LB

5. Tommie Harris, DT

6. Olin Kreutz, C

7. Charles Tillman, CB

8. Zack Bowman, CB

9. Devin Hester, WR

10. Chris Williams, LT

The rest of the offensive line falls here. Considering the financial investment made in him, Taylor might deserve a higher ranking. But how much he’ll contribute splitting carries remains a question mark. Olsen falls into this group, too. But in Mike Martz’s new offense, it’s somewhat unclear where he fits.

11. Matt Forte, RB

12. Johnny Knox, WR

13. Chris Harris, S

14. Chester Taylor, RB

15. Greg Olsen, TE

16. Roberto Garza, OG

17. Frank Omiyale, OT,

18. Josh Beekman, OG

19. Pisa Tinoisamoa, LB

20. Nick Roach, LB

The unknown factor concerning rookies makes us a little uneasy about ranking Wright so high. But Wright appears to have a good shot at starting. Given all the recent acquisitions, it’s still unclear what role Manning will play. Hanie fits here because the Bears still haven't acquired a veteran as the top backup behind Cutler.

21. Devin Aromashodu, WR

22. Desmond Clark, TE

23. Anthony Adams, DT

24. Mark Anderson, DE

25. Earl Bennett, WR

26. Major Wright, S

27. Danieal Manning, S

28. Brandon Manumaleuna, TE

29. Israel Idonije, DL

30. Caleb Hanie, QB

This group is comprised mostly of key backups and rotational players. Harrison and Gilbert should see significant time in the defensive tackle rotation. Shaffer could wind up higher if he finds a way to wrest away the starting job at left guard from Beekman. Shaw, meanwhile, shows flashes, but buried on a depth chart filled with talented linebackers.

31. Hunter Hillenmeyer, LB

32. Marcus Harrison, DT

33. Robbie Gould, K

34. Josh Bullocks, S

35. Kevin Shaffer, OT/G

36. Jarron Gilbert, DT

37. Kellen Davis, TE

38. Tim Shaw, LB

39. Corey Graham, CB

40. Brad Maynard, P

Two rookies -- Wootton and Moore -- could compete for serious playing time early, depending on how quickly they pick up the nuances of the pro game. It should be interesting to see what type of impact Williams has on the new offense. Iglesias played in only one game as a rookie, but could emerge.

41. Tim Jennings, CB

42. Corey Wootton, DE

43. Eddie Williams, FB

44. Joshua Moore, CB

45. D.J. Moore, CB

46. Woodny Turenne, CB

47. Juaquin Iglesias, WR

48. Lance Louis, OG

49. Garrett Wolfe, RB

50. Rashied Davis, WR

The Bears seem enamored with the combination of size and athleticism of Webb, a seventh-round pick. Asiata could challenge for a starting job at the wide-open left guard spot. If Lefevour develops quickly, he could overtake Basanez on the quarterback depth chart and eventually switch spots with Hanie on this list.

51. Johan Asiata, OG

52. Kahlil Bell, RB

53. Patrick Mannelly, LS

54. Al Afalava, S

55. Matt Toeaina, DT

56. Kevin Malast, LB

57. J’Marcus Webb, OT

58. James Marten, OT

59. Dan Lefevour, QB

60. Kevin Brock, TE

This represents the very bottom of the roster, but things could change. Angulo has shown he can be a dominant blocker, and has worked in the past with Bears offensive line coach Mike Tice in Jacksonville. A fourth-round pick in 2009, Melton spent all of last season on the injured reserve (ankle).

61. Brett Basanez, QB

62. Richard Angulo, TE

63. Eric Peterman, WR

64. Will Ta’ufo’ou, FB

65. Henry Melton, DL