It no longer matters that CB Chris Greenwood arrived at the Lions via Albion
ALLEN PARK — Cornerback Chris Greenwood, the Lions’ fifth-round pick out of football powerhouse Albion (just kidding) had his own media following at the Lions opening day of rookie minicamp on Friday.
Greenwood, whose home in Detroit is seven minutes down the Southfield Freeway, is a good story because he came from a small college and he grew up a Lions’ fan.
But perhaps Friday was the last day that we need to focus on the fact that Greenwood came from a small school.
Coach Jim Schwartz was very clear that once the players get on the practice field it doesn’t matter where they were drafted or even if they were drafted. It doesn’t matter if they came from the Big Ten or Boise State or Albion.
“The thing is, we took them through meetings today and things like that, like I said, we’ve got a lot of different guys. We have guys who were first-round draft picks, we have guys that are young veterans that have been in our offseason program that are all out there,’’ Schwartz said.
“The thing that doesn’t matter any more is what school you went to, what round you were drafted in, what your signing bonus was, everything else. All these guys have similar opportunity; all of them are here for a reason; all of them are talented enough to be here and it’s what they make of it from this point,’’ the coach added.
That’s what makes life good for Greenwood who is 6-foot-1 and 194 pounds, a good-sized cornerback. One reason he may have come from a small college is that he said coming out of Detroit King High School he was 6-foot-1 and 160 pounds.
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