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.