According to Tim Twentyman, Chris Greenwood, the Lions’ fifth round draft pick, looks like he belongs in the NFL. Greenwood is starting alongside of Bill Bentley, the Lions’ third round pick, in seven-on-seven drills and has been showing the coaches his elite speed and athleticism.
According to Bill Parcells’ “prototype by position” chart, corners in the NFL should be 5’11.2”, 193 lbs., and should run a 4.47 forty to be considered a prototype corner. Chris Greenwood’s measurables far exceed that of a “prototype corner”; he stands at 6’2″, 193 lbs., and has reportedly run as low as a 4.32 forty-yard dash, (check it out), he also has a 44 inch vertical which will be a major asset when playing the ball in the air, especially against taller defenders. With elite size, speed, and athleticism, Greenwood has the measurables to cover receivers from Wes Welker (small, quick, fast) to Andre Johnson (big, fast, athletic).
At the cornerback position it takes much more than measurables to be successful in the NFL. Playing cornerback in the NFL requires good ball skills, the ability to read the offense, the ability to play run and pass support, recovery skills, confidence or moxy, comprehending complex defensive schemes, quick adjustments or reads at the line of scrimmage, and tackling, all of which take time and experience to perfect.
Greenwood will get better with experience and his success in the NFL will ultimately depend on how hard he pushes himself to improve, because his measurables certainly aren’t holding him back.