Chris Greenwood hasn't played football in 16 months, since Division III Albion finished its 2011 season with a 59-point loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater.

But the Lions' cornerback believes he can play a significant role on what will be a revamped defense this fall.

"My goal is to be a starter, of course," Greenwood said this month after working out with his cousin, former Albion running back Clinton Orr, and several other draft hopefuls at Total Sports in Wixom. "But all I can do is control how hard I work and let the chips fall where they may."

A fifth-round pick out of Albion last year, Greenwood spent his entire rookie season on the physically unable to perform list after abdominal surgery in May.

He practiced with the team for a three-week period midway through the season, but otherwise he was limited to conditioning workouts and non-football activities.

Still, Greenwood said he made tremendous strides as a player.

"I definitely have a better understanding of the game, just as far as what it takes and mentally what's going to be expected of me," Greenwood said. "I try to talk to other players that's been in it a couple years to try to get their perspective and ask for advice whenever I can. During the season I was in my coach's ear the whole time, so I feel like they led me down the right path as far as what to do during the off-season to be ready."