Coming from an NCAA Division II school -- even the national champion Division II school -- wide receiver David Kircus knows he's got something to prove before he makes it in the NFL.
But Kircus, a sixth-round draft pick from Grand Valley State in Western Michigan, isn't opposed to taking on the challenge. In fact, he expects it and you get the feeling he might even thrive on it.
I'm a firm believer in that it's not where you start but where you finish, Kircus said. I could be sitting next to (No. 2 pick in the draft) Charles Rogers and I'd have the same chance he does of making the roster and making the team, or getting cut. It's all about what you do when you get there.
In his senior season at Grand Valley State, Kircus caught 35 touchdown passes from quarterback Curt Anes, who was signed as an undrafted rookie by the Lions. And, although Kircus has a reputation as a big-play receiver -- helped along by his 4.41 speed and 40-inch vertical -- he says he will do whatever the Lions ask of him.
I've never been portrayed as a possession receiver, Kircus said. I've always been portrayed as a big-play receiver -- go downfield, go up over the defender and get the ball. But I'm going to be whatever they want me to be. Obviously, my first year I can't go in there saying, `You know what, I'm going to be a big-play receiver, throw the ball deep to me every time.'
I'm just going to have to fit in where I fit in. Once I start making plays, they'll see that I can make the big plays and I might be portrayed as a big-play receiver, but I'm not going to go in saying that I am.
But if they want him to make the possession catches, that's fine too.
I think I'll be able to do both, Kircus said. It's just something I'm going to have to prove, come camp time.