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Slimmed-down Polk ready to run fast

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm with 6 Comments »
February 26, 2012 6:52 pm

Washington’s running back Chris Polk’s Senior Bowl experience was an eye opener.

He arrived as one of the top running backs in the draft and a possible, late first-round draft selection, but left with most draft analysts believing he could be a final-day pick.

Polk measured in at 5-10 and 215 pounds here at the combine, down from his playing weight of 222 pounds during the season.

Polk said he worked out at API in Los Angeles, focused on toning up after weighing in at 224 pounds and hearing rumblings of looking sloppy during the weigh-in at the Senior Bowl in January.

“I didn’t like the way my body looked,” Polk said. “I was flexing and not too many muscles were showing. And I would definitely say that the Senior Bowl weigh-in was definitely a wake-up call.

I was walking down the middle and I’m seeing no one’s turning their head. So I’m like ‘Okay, something’s wrong here.’ I just wanted to lose weight for me. It was a personal thing to show these GM’s and coaches that I am dedicated and I do care. ”

Polk dealt with his share of injuries during his college playing career But he proved durable, playing three years at the University of Washington without missing a game after injuring his shoulder two games into his freshman season and sitting out the rest of the year.

Polk went through an extensive medical check here in Indianapolis that included three MRIs in one day – on both knees and a shoulder.

“It was kind of crazy because I felt like a big slab of meat,” Polk said. “I’m the only guy in there were the X-ray pack is like ‘this thick.’ The first time I put it in their hands they were like, ‘Oh, my goodness.’”

Polk had to redo two MRIs because he fell asleep, which including having a dream that he was running the 40-yard dash and resulting with Polk kicking the top of the machine in his sleep.

“My 40 start was good,” joked Polk. “But it wasn’t reality.”

Polk hopes to run in the 4.4s when he runs the 40-yard-dash for real on Monday.

Polk will participate in the University of Washington’s pro day on March 8.

Polk also has some experience Seattle head coach Pete Carroll. He committed to USC while Carroll was the held coach there, but changing his mind and deciding to attend Washington.

NFL scouts know from watching the tape that Polk is hard-nosed runner who can carry the load, and is an excellent receiver out of the backfield. Now they just want to see if he can be dedicated and consistent.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I’ve had a couple MRIs myself, and cannot imagine falling asleep in there. That’s funny.

    The rest of Polk’s comments make me very uneasy. He strikes me now (and at U Dub) as a guy that you wouldn’t be able to trust a big contract, condition and effort-wise. In addition, it’s not simply looking a bit soft at the Sr Bowl that was an issue. It was multiple dropped passes out of the backfield and indifferent blocking, during the week of practices, that hurt him.

  2. I like Polk, but I think he’s gonna fall to the second or third round. Shoulda never let himself get fat and outta shape. Shows lack of discipline.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Fall to the second or third? I’d be surprised to learn anyone considered him a first.

  4. I would take him in the 3rd and definitely in the 4th if he is available.

    I don’t think he will be a superstar, but I think he can be very good, I would no way take him over Lynch, but I think he will be a good, fill in guy.

  5. I’m no Polk apologist – but Chris Polk did not “get fat”- the kid has NEVER had a cut up body. All throughout his playing time at Washington he has maintained the same “Soft” body type that doesn’t particularly show cuts, grooves, and sinew like the world class athletes you are used to seeing. Chris Polk has gotten this far on his pure ability to play the position.

    Take this how you want but don’t spin a BMW story out of nothing.

  6. Polk is aything but soft, that dude (like Lynch) never, and mean never went down on the first contact. Polk is a stud RB, plus he’s one of those backs that gets stronger as the game goes on and wears the D out. I’d definately take him in the 2nd.

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