Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 5/148 - Chris Greenwood, CB, 6-1, 193, Albion...His measurables were off the charts. He is the first player from the Michigan Independent Athletic Association to be drafted since 1967. COULD SURPRISE: Cornerback Chris Greenwood: Greenwood is a physical marvel; a potential diamond in the rough. He's 6-2 and runs a sub-4.40. He also displayed a 43-inch vertical jump during his visit to the Lions. - The Sports Xchange
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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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11/05/12 - CB Chris Greenwood will know his fate by 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Lions have until then to either activate him or keep him on PUP. Indications are that he will be kept on PUP. "We'll sort of try to make the best decision for the team and the best decision for him," coach Jim Schwartz said. "I think missing training camp was probably the biggest thing for him. He's done a good job of preparing and staying involved in the meetings and things like that, but training camp is probably the thing that when it's all said and done will be the opportunity that he missed the most." Greenwood is the team's fifth-round pick out of Albion.
10/31/12 - CB Chris Greenwood began his third week of practice after starting the season on PUP after abdominal surgery. His fate will be decided no later than Tuesday.
10/29/12 - CB Chris Greenwood, a rookie, will practice for the third week since serving his six weeks on PUP. The Lions, by Nov. 6, will either activate him or keep him on PUP. He missed all of camp after abdominal surgery and since he came from a Division II Albion (MI) College, he has a lot of catching up to do. It seems unlikely he will be activated.
10/17/12 - CB Chris Greenwood, a fifth-round pick, is eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list and he was at practice Wednesday. But he had abdomen surgery and hasn't practiced since the beginning of OTAs. It's doubtful he will be activated this week.
10/15/12 - CB Chris Greenwood (abdomen and groin) is expected to return to practice this week, though he may still not be reinstated off the PUP list. The Lions have 21 days to work him out and determine whether he's ready to play. "You see how he is in practice before you do (activate him)," coach Jim Schwartz said. "You have a certain window before you have to activate him to the 53-man roster. We'll just see what he looks like and how he's doing. I would expect him to be on the practice field."