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Detroit Lions Have Drafted Out of NCAA Division III Before

Chris Greenwood? From Albion? The one in Michigan, right? That’s a division III school! Perhaps this is how you or another Lions fan you know reacted to the Lions selection of Chris Greenwood in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Yes, one of the three cornerbacks the Detroit Lions drafted last month is a product of NCAA Division III football. While the jump from DIII to the NFL is rare, it isn’t as unprecedented as some might think, even as far as the Lions are concerned.

The Lions last drafted a DIII player in 1999 when they took University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point linebacker Clint Kriewaldt in the sixth round. Kriewaldt went on to become a solid special teams performer for the Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers and lasted nine years in the NFL.

Here is the list of Division III players drafted since 1991 from

Year Player, pos., school Team Round-overall
2012 Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion Lions 5-148
2011 Cecil Shorts, WR, Mount Union Jaguars 4-114
2008 Andy Studebaker, DE/LB, Wheaton (Ill.) Eagles 6-203
2008 Pierre Garcon, WR, Mount Union Colts 6-205
2007 Michael Allan, TE, Whitworth Chiefs 7-231
2007 Derek Stanley, WR/RET, UW-Whitewater Rams 7-249
2003 Ryan Hoag, WR, Gustavus Adolphus Raiders 7-262
2002 Tony Beckham, CB, UW-Stout Titans 4-115
2002 Michael Coleman, WR, Widener Falcons 7-217
2000 Tim Watson, DE, Rowan Seahawks 6-185
1999 Clint Kriewaldt, LB, UW-Stevens Point Lions 6-177
1996 Ethan Brooks, OL, Williams Falcons 7-229
1992 Nate Kirtman, DB, Pomona-Pitzer Cowboys 9-248
1992 Barry Rose, WR, UW-Stevens Point Bills 10-279
1991 Pete Lucas, OL, UW-Stevens Point Falcons 10-258
1991 Larry Wanke, QB, John Carroll Giants 12-334

Other notable former Division III draftees prior to 1991 include Chris Warren (90th overall in 1990) and Pete Metzelaars (75th overall in 1982).

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