Originally posted on DraftAce  |  Last updated 2/10/12

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 5: Running back Chris Polk #1 of the Washington Huskies takes the hand off from quarterback Jake Locker #10 during their game against the LSU Tigers on September 5, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The LSU Tigers defeated the Washington Huskies 31-23. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Chris Polk RB Washington #1 Ht: 5’11″Wt: 224   Strengths: Prototypical size and strength. A tough between-the-tackles runner. Fairly quick for his size; can make guys miss in the open field. Quick feet; above average change-of-direction ability. Reliable receiver out of the backfield; knows how to find a soft spot in zone coverage and has soft hands. Adequate speed. Above-average blocking ability for a running back; clearly puts forth a solid effort and shows good fundamentals. Experience returning kicks. Weaknesses: Serious injury concerns. Suffered season-ending shoulder injury in 2008. Underwent a second surgery on shoulder in 2009. Underwent knee surgery prior to 2011 season. Has a very reckless running style in the open field; looks out of control and will inexplicably leap in the air at times, making himself susceptible to big hits and fumbles. Tends to run upright unless lowering shoulder into a defender. Doesn’t look to make guy miss; seems to be the type of runner who looks for contact. Doesn’t appear to have great vision when running between the tackles; picks a spot and goes full speed ahead, rarely adjusting until it’s too late. Doesn’t go down on first contact, but also doesn’t break as many tackles as you’d expect for his size. Comments: Polk clearly has the measurables of a feature back, but lacks the vision and all-around fundamentals to smoothly transition to the next level. In time, he could certainly develop into a quality running back, but he should not be viewed as someone who can come in and play a significant role from day one. It should be noted that he was not surrounded by much talent at Washington, and played through a coaching change, which could have stunted his development. He’s a candidate to blossom later than most running backs, but is far from a sure thing. Videos: 2011 vs Colorado
2011 vs Nebraska 

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