Top 5 impressions from Detroit Lions rookie minicamp
ALLEN PARK — We came, we saw pretty much what we expected and then we left.
The Lions wrapped up their three-day rookie minicamp around noon on Sunday.
Coach Jim Schwartz wouldn’t say too much about the players except that he saw what he expected to see from the drafted players and some of the undrafted free agents who had been signed.
Here are my top five impressions from camp:
1. Tackle Riley Reiff is quite agile for a 6-foot-6, 313-pound guy. It showed in position drills and in the final gassers. He lined up at left tackle the first two days and right tackle on Sunday. This means nothing. He will do both throughout camp.
2. Kellen Moore shows signs that he could be a capable No. 3 quarterback. His throws on the first two days were not pretty and that’s being kind. But remember he hadn’t played in months and he was unfamiliar with the receivers and vice-versa. On Sunday, he was getting more comfortable and even connected deep a few times. It’s early but there’s a reason the Lions jumped on the chance to sign the undrafted quarterback from Boise State.
3. Defensive end Ronnell Lewis has unbelievable speed and power. He practically flies in his effort to get to the quarterback. Remember, no hitting during minicamp but he was close enough that he could have.
4. Seventh-round pick Travis Lewis, who played middle linebacker, is a take-control guy on the field. He was a four-year starter at Oklahoma and it showed. He doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder, it’s more like a boulder. Again, it’s early but he already looks like a steal.
5. Cornerback Chris Greenwood, the fifth-round pick, definitely looks like he belongs. He had an interception on Saturday and a nice pass break-up on Sunday. Sure he went to a small school (Albion) but early signs are that he can play with the big boys.