RB CHRIS POLK – WASHINGTON – 5-11, 215
Tough, productive RB. Broke as many tackles as any college RB I can remember. Isn’t huge, but is incredibly tough and runs hard. Relentless effort. Polk is one of my favorite runners in all of college, but he’s not a great pro prospect. Polk is very physical. Finishes his runs. Doesn’t go down on first contact and is hard to tackle. The problem is that he’s not gifted. Isn’t fast (4.57). Doesn’t show special athleticism (7.13 3-cone, 31.5 VJ). Runs more upright than you’d like, making it harder for him to cut. Lacks the speed to consistently be effective as an outside runner. At his best as a downhill runner. Lacks the vision to be a guy that goes laterally, picks holes, and tries to hit them. Give him the ball and let him attack the LOS. Runs hard. Good balance. He can take a shot and stay upright.
Great numbers. In just 3 full seasons he ran for 4,049 yards and 26 TDs. Averaged 5 ypc for his career. That’s low for a star RB in college. Polk is more of a move the chains guy than a big play machine. Caught 79 passes and showed potential as a receiver. Polk had a good showing in the Alamo Bowl, going 30-147-1. That included a 56-yard TD run late in the 1st half. Unfortunately, he won’t face Baylor’s defense in the NFL. Struggled at the Senior Bowl. Was terrible in the pass protection drills. Will need to work on that at the next level. Fun player to watch in college, but limitations should make him a 3rd round pick.