Ja’Lynn Polk — Top-60 Grade (Middle Day 2)
The often forgotten about “third fiddle” is a former Texas Tech transfer, Ja’Lynn Polk. The 6-foot-2, 204-pound pass catcher spent one season with the Red Raiders before moving to the Pacific Northwest to open the 2021 slate.
Polk appeared sparingly in Year 1 with the Huskies, only corralling five passes in the process. The second season on campus is when he began making a name for himself. With 41 receptions, 694 yards, and six touchdowns, NFL Draft scouts started to take notice.
One month into the 2023 season, Polk’s draft stock is at an all-time high. He already has 21 catches and 427 yards, which is good for a yards-per-reception mark north of 20. Oh yeah, the redshirt sophomore also found the end zone four times in the first four games. Sound familiar?
Thanks to the COVID-impacted 2020 campaign and an untimely injury in 2021, Polk still has plenty of eligibility remaining. In a stacked wide receiver class, there’s a chance the ascending talent will return to Washington to be the unquestioned WR1 once Odunze and McMillan depart.
If Polk declares, then the Huskies will likely have three pass catchers taken in the first two rounds. If Michael Penix Jr. finds his way into the first-round discussion, this could go down as the most impressive draft class in years for the program.
First up, finishing off a Pac-12 title run. Next? Sending several players to the 2024 NFL Draft.