Chris Polk Running back for the Washington Huskies (picture source thehuskyhaul.com)

Chris Polk Scouting Report RB Washington Huskies


This is our Chris Polk Scouting report. Polk is one of NFLmocks favorite prospects and could be a real good value in the draft for the team that decides to use a late day one or early day two pick on him. For all of our other scouting reports head to our scouting report page

Mesaruables

5-11 215 pounds

4.57 forty yard dash, 31.5″ vertical jump, 111″ broad jump, 7.13 3 cone drill, 4.21 20 yard shuttle

Stats

2011: (CFBstats.com through 11/10/2011)

Rushing
G Att Yards Avg. TD Att/G Yards/G
9 207 1096 5.29 9 23.00 121.78
Receiving
G Rec. Yards Avg. TD Rec./G Yards/G
9 24 280 11.67 3 2.7 31.1

2010:

Rushing
G Att Yards Avg. TD Att/G Yards/G
13 260 1415 5.44 9 20.00 108.85
Receiving
G Rec. Yards Avg. TD Rec./G Yards/G
13 22 180 8.18 0 1.7 13.8

Pros and cons (with contributions from Mark Knight of TheHuskyHaul a Washington Huskies site)

Pros

recruited to Washington as a wide receiver…gains a lot of yards after contact…keeps his feet moving…breaks a lot of tackles…gets north and south in a hurry…does a good job of creating something out of nothing..soft hands used in the receiving game as an outlet…good balance…tough between the tackles…excellent build…shifty in the open field…Really does a good job of planting his foot in the ground and then pushing off in the opposite direction from the defender (“cutting on a dime”)…workhorse…does a good job of setting up his blocks…plus field vision

Cons

Does not have elite straight line speed to run away from defenders at the NFL level…doesn’t run a lot of routes, more of an outlet guy and screen guy…willing blocker, but not a great blocker…Missed almost all of 2008 because of injuries, could be concerns about his shoulders

Player Comparison

Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Thoughts

A few of us here at NFLmocks really love Polk. He has good field vision, soft reliable hands. Polk does a really good job of finding seams in the offensive line and getting north and south in a hurry, he’s impossible to take down with arm tackles. Polk is also very shifty and has powerful legs. He really drives off his plant foot to create separation from the defender which helps him get a step on defenders. He doesn’t have elite speed, but he has more than enough speed to break long runs in the N.F.L. I don’t think he’s an 80 yard threat, but he could have more than his fair share of 40 plus yard runs. Polk has no character concerns but has some shoulder concerns.

Round Projection

If Lamar Miller enters the draft he could be drafted ahead of Polk as could David Wilson because both of those players have uncommon speed. Either way, Polk will be off the board by the end of the second round.

Bio

HIGH SCHOOL & PERSONAL: Enrolled at the UW in January for the start of the winter, 2008, quarter … named a PrepStar All-American at running back following senior season … a Superprep All-America pick as the nation’s No. 7 running back and the No. 14 overall prospect in the Far West region … one of 14 running backs listed on the Tacoma News-Tribune’s Western 100 … member of the Orange County Register’s “Fab 15″ second team … rated as the No. 18 football recruit in California, the No. 4 “all-purpose back” in the country and the No. 139 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals.com … ranked the nation’s No. 99 overall prospect by Scout.com … as a senior, rushed for 2,561 yards and 29 touchdowns while catching 18 balls for 314 yards and five TDs, playing primarily tailback … led team to a 12-1 overall record and the Inland Division semifinals … had a game as a senior in which he rushed for 214 yards on only five carries … in a 28-27 win over Miller, rushed for 259 yards and three TDs on 25 carries … in the first round of the Inland Division playoffs, rushed for 331 yards and four scores on 26 carries as REV beat Murrietta Valley, 60-53 … scored the winning touchdown on a 51-yard run with two minutes to play … averaged 10.9 yards per carry as a senior … scored 68 touchdowns over his career … named the San Bernardino County Player of the Year by both the San Bernardino Sun and the Riverside Press-Enterprise … named a first-team all-state selection by CalHiSports as a running back/wide receiver … earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Inland Division … as a junior, caught 62 passes for 1,167 yards and 12 touchdowns, playing alongside fellow Huskies Ronnie Fouch and Marquis Persley (both one year older) … played for coach Kurt Bruich.

Video

Chris Polk vs Stanford 2011 (JMPasq on youtube…Follow him on tiwtter@jmpasq) All three videos are from jmpasq

Chris Polk vs Nebraska 2011

vs Nebraska 2010 (I always like to include one from the year before if I can…gives you a look at how they differ from the year before)


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