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 Chris Polk   RB   Washington      

TALENT BOARD

 Round 4


STRENGTHS

Chris has good size and speed to play his position.  He has the ability (once he gets through the front seven of a defense) to take it to the house from any point on the field.  He can break a big play taking a screen pass and following his blockers to gain chunks of yardage.  It is one of the strengths of his game.  Chris gives good effort when he blocks for his quarterback and reads the blitz very well.  He looks like a smart kid on the field and has the respect of his teammates and coaches and is a fan favorite.  He has been very productive for his college team and I believe has played relatively injury free for most of his college career.  That is a rarity in itself at any level.  Chris does a excellent job running behind his blocks because he is patient.  He gives his linemen time to pull and waits for them to make the blocks before he explodes through the hole.  He is a very smart runner and I think should become a very good player for the team that drafts him.  He reminds me a lot of Kevin Falk (RB, Patriots).  

 

CONCERNS

Chris is the type of back that has to have good blocking in front of him to be impactful.  He runs up high and has a problem finishing his runs.  He is easy to tackle and against the front seven of his opponents, you will not see him break many tackles.  He lacks the lower body strength of an NFL running back and is more of a specialty back for the next level.  Chris does not finish his blocks when protecting the quarterback.  That's a big problem and he will have to improve in this area if he wants a job in the NFL. 

 

BOTTOM LINE

Because of the way Chris plays the game, his impact at the next level is not as an every down back.  I believe he has a future as a third down back and, if he can prove he can catch the ball down the field like a wide receiver, he can also claim a spot as a specialty slot receiver.  He is not an every down, pound it down your throat, get the third or fourth down tough yardage, running back.  He has decent speed, shows good hands out of the backfield and does a nice job at the college level reading and blocking for the blitz, but he must get a lot better blocking for the blitz.  He has talent and is a quality football player; however, for the next level, he would have to change his running personality, bulk up his body and learn better running back skills to be an every down back.  I believe that's asking too much of him, but if Chris is drafted and used as a specialty back, he could be very effective.  

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