Chris Polk 2012 NFL Draft prospect notes

Chris Polk
5'11, 222 pounds | Running back | Washington

First word: One could argue that we are seeing a tough time for running backs.  The majority of NFL teams implement a two back system limiting their dependence on just one player.  Running backs are lucky if they remain productive after they reach the age of 30.  These issues have led to a drop in running back's draft stock.

Chris Polk will likely feel the wrath of the declining running back market.  He is one of the top running backs in the country but remains a bit of an unknown.  Polk has been very productive throughout his career and at times carried a struggling Washington program.  He is a tough runner that does the majority of his damage between the tackles.  His best attribute is his ability to identify the opening and pick his way through the defense.  Polk is a reliable target out of the backfield and does a good job plucking the ball with his hands.

While Polk has been an effective college running back, he doesn't possess a lot of skills that translate well to the NFL.  He has an up and down running style which exposes a lot of his frame making it easier for the defenders to make a tackle.  Polk doesn't have break away speed and lacks the elusiveness to make a lot of defenders miss.  He isn't going to outrun many defensive angles.

Overall, Polk doesn't have the explosiveness and upside that is coveted in the NFL.  He has a shot to make an impact but likely as part of a rotation.  If he adjusts his running style and keeps his pads low he could improve his stock.  Polk will need to make a living as a power runner which is all about pad level.

Bold statement: Polk will be selected no earlier than the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL draft.

Games viewed: California ('10), Stanford ('10), Nebraska ('10), Washington State ('10)



Chris Polk
5'11, 222 pounds | Running back | Washington

Notes:

  • Polk has good size and bulk
  • He has a thick lower half that helps him remain balanced and generate power
  • Polk has a tendency to run high and expose his body
  • His running power is impacted by his up and down running style
  • He doesn't quickly press the hole and spends too much time searching for an opening
  • Polk has patience and isn't afraid to wait and let the play develop
  • His ability to side step and cut is what helps him weave through the defense
  • Once he identifies the hole he has enough quickness to get through before it is filled
  • Polk doesn't not possesses great speed or explosiveness
  • He is more effective between the tackles picking his way through the open holes
  • His powerful running style helps him pick up yards after contact
  • However, he would be more powerful if he was able to run behind his pads
  • Polk is a tough runner
  • He isn't afraid to pass protect but tends to lunge his shoulders at the defender rather than using his hands
  • Polk is not a dynamic receiver but is a reliable target that plucks the ball out of the air
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