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It's a tough road to go from Division III to the NFL, but Greenwood got noticed enough to be invited to the East-West Shrine Game, and scouts from the Dolphins and Cowboys spent time with him after Greenwood had a strong showing at Michigan's March 15 pro day.
Local prospects were invited to work out alongside Wolverines, and the Detroit native said he was living a dream.
"It's exciting," Greenwood told the Detroit News after his pro day workout. "I'm living a dream. It's fun. It's football. I know I have what it takes to play in the NFL. I can make plays. I'm just looking for an opportunity to show everyone."
The 6-1, 193-pound cornerback leaves Albion with great respect from the coaching staff.
"Chris has great individual talent but what makes him special is he blended with the team and did not seek the spotlight," Albion coach Craig Rundle said after Greenwood was selected to participate in the Shrine Game in January. "He is one of the most humble kids we have on the team."
Strengths: Smooth and explosive athlete with very good acceleration to get to top speed in a hurry. Good height and length for the position with excellent leaping ability to highpoint the ball and knock down passes. Good ballskills and reliable hands. Trusts his eyes and has good reaction quickness. Plays fearless and confident, staying decisive in his movements. Productive over his career with 13 interceptions.
Weaknesses: Lanky frame and needs to bulk up for the next level. Played at Division-III level so is in for a big jump in competition. Appears a bit tight hipped and isnít the most fluid in his backpedal, more of a straight-line athlete. Played at three different colleges (Northwood, Eastern Michigan, Albion). Raw cover technique. Gets too high and needs to show better bend and not opening his hips so early. Limited experience as return man on special teams.
He finished his career as a three-time all-MIAA first team selection.
American Football Coaches Association's All-America team. Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association defensive player of the year. He intercepted two passes (returning one for a touchdown against Alma College) and wrapped up 24 tackles, but those statistics do not indicate the impact Greenwood had on the game. Greenwood's teammates took advantage of having a side of the field shutdown as Albion tied for the MIAA lead with 15 interceptions.
All-MIAA first team selection.
Pro Day: 4.41 40-yard dash, 16 reps at 225 pounds, 43-inch vertical, 11'2" broad jump, 4.15 short shuttle, 6.99 3-cone drill.
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10/17/13 - --CB Chris Greenwood was released. He signed with the team on Sept. 25. He did not play in a game.
09/25/13 - CB Chris Greenwood was signed off the Detroit Lions' practice squad to take defensive end Anthony Spencer's spot on the roster after he was placed on injured reserve. Greenwood was a fifth-round pick of the Lions in 2012 out of Albion College who the Cowboys also had an eye on in that draft. He sat out his rookie season on the PUP list with a torn abdominal muscle. Greenwood, 6-1, 193, had two tackles in preseason for the Lions and was signed to their practice squad. "He's a guy that we spent a lot of time with prior to the draft," coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday. "Had a workout with him at Albion. Brought him in for the '30' visit. Big, long, tall corner.
"We were looking for an opportunity to sign a big, young corner who we could develop and maybe have a role on our football team, and he fit the bill, so we went ahead and made that decision."
09/01/13 - Perhaps one of the toughest decisions the Lions had to make on Saturday was to cut cornerback Chris Greenwood. He has all the tools the Lions are looking for in a corner (6-1, sub-4.4 speed), but he played at Division II Albion and hasn't been able to stay healthy enough to develop. He spent last season on IR with an abdominal injury and sports hernia surgery. He missed time again this camp with a hamstring injury. The Lions hope he clears waivers and they can re-sign him to the practice squad.
09/01/13 - CB Chris Greenwood was waived by the Lions Saturday.
08/19/13 - CBs Jonte Green, Chris Greenwood and Ross Weaver continue to sit out with hamstring injuries. Green and Greenwood are expected to return to practice this week.