The Chiefs have added one more player and he could be a player to be excited about. Yesterday, the Chiefs worked out and signed linebacker Cory Greenwood, who was recently drafted by the Toronto Argonauts int he first round of the CFL Draft.
It was rumored that the Chiefs (and a few other teams) were interested in Greenwood following the draft and for a moment it looked like they might make him one of their undrafted free agent signings. Later, when the Chiefs announced their signings, I thought Greenwood was off their radar. I was wrong.
“I want to play professional football and I want to play at the highest level,” said Greenwood yesterday. “An offer like this, you can’t pass that opportunity up.”
More on Greenwood after the jump.
At the CFL Evaluation Camp, which is like Canada’s version of the NFL Scouting Combine, Greenwood ran a 4.50 forty. That is faster than all the times turned in by linebackers at the NFL Combine. He also registered a 40-inch vertical jump which would have ranked him 2nd among the NFL hopefuls in Indianapolis.
His physical abilities aside, Greenwood registered 72 tackles and 2 sacks in 8 games his last season with Concordia. That is impressive in any country.
At 6’2” 236lbs, Greenwood is about the same size as Demorrio Williams. He is probably too small to play outside linebacker in the Chiefs 3-4. Tamba Hali, for example, is 275.
Greenwood is incredibly athletic and has a lot of raw physical talent and upside. How quickly he can adapt to the NFL might make or break his career but it he shows promise, he is likely to be a long term project player for the Chiefs.
Here are some highlights. Welcome to the Chiefs Cory. Work hard and rise fast!