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Washington RB Polk expects to run in the 4.4s

Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:30 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 11:32 am
Alabama junior Trent Richardson is universally considered the top running back in the 2012 draft.

Ask five scouts which runner will follow him on draft day and you are liable to get five different answers. Some are enamored with the pure speed of Miami's Lamar Miller or Virginia Tech's David Wilson. Others like the all-around game of Boise State senior Doug Martin. With an MVP-performance in the Senior Bowl that showcased his potential as a returner, Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead is making a late run up the board. 

A so-so performance in Mobile has taken some of the luster off of Washington's Chris Polk, but if he runs as fast in workouts as he and those close to him expect him to, the former Husky will certainly be in the mix.

Preparing interviews for Lindy's NFL Draft Preview scheduled to hit newstands March 1, I asked Chris at the Senior Bowl what he expects to run in the all-important 40-yard dash.

He smiled and replied simply, "Faster than any of you all think."

Pressed to be more specific, Polk elaborated.

"From what everyone has been saying and I've been reading, I guess speed is one of the big questions everyone has about me. I'm not that worried about it, to be honest with you. I know how fast I am. I expect to run something in the 4.4s."

Though Polk ran for 4,049 yards for the Huskies over his career, finishing second behind only former first round pick Napoleon Kaufman (4,106) in school history. Though he's shown the ability to break free for several long scores over his career (four TDs of 50+ yards), his straight-line speed is considered one of the question marks on an otherwise sparkling résumé. 

Polk is currently preparing for the Combine at Athletes Performance Institute in Los Angeles. If his effort there result in a 40-yard dash time of 4.50 seconds or less, teams won't be able to ignore the fact that his game-tape, frankly, is more impressive than any of the other backs vying to follow Richardson.  


Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 4:46 am

Washington RB Polk expects to run in the 4.4s

Also impressive is how well he ran behind such a terrible O Line. Long-time UW fans like Polk better than just about anyone other than Napoleon Kaufman (freakish speed and a major gamer in his day). That includes Corey Dillon (one-year wonder in college, great pro career). This guy breaks tackles, eludes tackles, and then can kick in that extra gear. Nice leadership and a team player. Plus, he can catch. If he impresses a team with his ability to grasp an offense and blocking assignments he'll go high.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:51 pm

Washington RB Polk expects to run in the 4.4s

Polk's highlight tape is really impressive

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