04/29/2012 - 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
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 isn't 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.