Chris Greenwood Q&A

Albion College All-American cornerback Chris Greenwood has a total of seven visits and is one of the fastest rising draft prospects. He's been linked to the Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Tiants and the Miami Dolphins. The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Detroit native has rare athleticism: 4.34 speed in the 40-yard dash, a 43-inch vertical leap and an 11-2 broad jump.

The Division III standout also recorded a 6.99 in the three-cone drill, a 4.15 20-yard shuttle and bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times.

Greenwood is expected to be a middle-round draft target for several NFL teams.

Greenwood was named first-team all-conference three times and named conference Defensive Most Valuable Player last season. BR>
He intercepted 13 career passes, returning four for touchdowns.

Greenwood has drawn comparisons to New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie because he's a tall, mobile cornerback.

Greenwood initially enrolled at Northwood University out of high school before transferring to Eastern Michigan and walking onto the football team.

Due to academic credit transfer issues, Greenwood spent only one season at Eastern Michigan before transferring to Albion.

Greenwood played in the East-West Shrine all-star game.

We caught up with Greenwood recently for the following interview:

Scout: How's the draft process going?

Greenwood: "It's definitely exciting. My coach told me that it doesn't matter where you go, the NFL will find you. That's definitely true."

Scout: What was the Michigan Pro Day like for you?

Greenwood: "It was exciting seeing all the guys I watch on Saturdays after my games are over. I played with a couple of them in the East-West Shrine game, so I knew a couple of the guys. I thought it went really well."

Scout: What do you bring to the table for the NFL>

Greenwood: "I feel like I bring a lot of hard work and a great work ethic. I have the ability to focus on the task that needs to get done. I would say my press man coverage is pretty decent. Being as tall as I am and as fast as I am, most guys can't run away from me. It's a completely different level of speed in the NFL. I'm confident I can keep up at that level."

Scout: What NFL cornerbacks do you emulate?

Greenwood: "Charles Woodson is a smart player. His film study, how he approaches the game, how he uses the mental side of the game to stay ahead, scouts told me he's a guy who's very much into his film study. I try to do more and know exactly what I need to do to make myself better in every situation."

Scout: How are your visits going?

Greenwood: "It's a lot of traveling, but it's fun seeing new places. I meet with the coaching staff and they want to know what kind of person I am, how I got to where I'm at and also if I have the ability to pick up on NFL schemes. They put me on the board and go over formations and see if I can pick up it. I do pretty well."

Scout: What are your plans as far as off the field when you get established in the NFL?

Greenwood: "I definitely want to give back. I have had a few conversations with some of my peers and are doing other things. I want to have a community nonprofit organization."

Scout: You have family in Flint and Detroit, what's it like growing up there?

Greenwood: "They're hard-working, blue-collar towns. Detroit is a big city, a fast city. There's a lot that goes on. My neighborhood was a decent neighborhood."

Scout: What's it been like getting to this point after attending a couple colleges?

Grenwood: "I knew I wanted to play football the whole time. I just needed the opportunity to get back on the field. Everything happens for a reason."

Scout: "What do you expect from your rookie season?

Greenwood: "I'm going to come in and work as hard as I can be to be the best that I can. There's no point in doing something if you don't aim to do the best at it. I'll be focused to do anything to help the team."

Scout: Do you come from a big family?

Greenwood: "I have two brothers and two sisters, my mom runs my grandfather's construction company. My mom and my aunties work in Flint in the demolition business. My dad does logistics at a chemical plant. My family works very hard. They instilled a lot in me and made sure I was doing the best I could at everything, football or school or yardwork. Anything worth having, you have to work hard for it."
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