With the draft being officially over, the Eagles have decided to bring in 13 undrafted rookies into the organization to see how they will develop and what kind of talent / raw talent that they have. Amongst those is undrafted rookie out of the University of Washington, running back Chris Polk. Now, in my past article, I mentioned that sports analysts were comparing him to being the next Marshal Faulk, being that he can do it all, make people miss out of the back field, has some of the best hands lining up as a receiver in all of college last year, the man can do it all.
With his size, and athletic ability, some may argue that if the Eagles keep him, he can be a back-up to LeSean “Shady” McCoy, and can also be used in tight short yardage situations that he can excel at. With Polk being 5’11 222 lbs, he can actually be the difference between the Eagles scoring at the 1 or 2 yard line, or us kicking another field goal, and in these important times, kicking and making field goals are important, but scoring on short yardage situations is even more important. You don’t want to give the opposing team a chance at coming back and potentially tying or scoring a touchdown with times being so hard. It’s hard enough getting into the redzone, and when you get down there, u want to be able to fully capitalize on your opportunity.
This pick-up for the Eagles is huge and kind of a steal when most people think about, because no one was looking to draft him, in large part because he had a couple of injuries and amoungst those injuries, he suffered a knee a injury during practice before the 2011 season.
During the pre-draft segments, Chris Polk ran the 40 in 4.57 seconds, which is perfect and ideal for a running back of his stature, considering that he was suppose to taken in the 3rd to 4th round. His arm length is 31 1/2 inches, hand size is a 9, and his vert is 31 1/2.
Polk enrolled in Washington in early 2008. He played his first 12 games for the Huskies in 2009, and during that season, he recorded 1,113 yards on 226 attempts and five touchdowns. Whats even more impressive, is that he had 5 consecutive 100 yard rushing games which ranks 3rd in his school among all-time rushing records. In 2010 however, his stats improved, playing 13 games and racking up over 1,400 yards on the ground, while carrying the football a total of 260 times for a total of nine touchdowns. Overall combining the two years together, Polk has rushed for 2,528 yards on 486 carries, and 14 rushing touchdowns.
If used right, this kid can be a major contributor for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012. Not only can he be used as LeSean McCoy’s backup, he can also do some damage in the kick return game, in which I’m pretty certain that Brandon Boykin, Chris Polk, and 2nd year man Deion Lewis will be competing and battling it out for.
Without a doubt, Chris Polk has the tools to succeed in the NFL. If head coach Andy Reid, offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg, and special teams coach Bobby April use him right, this kid can be absolutely dangerous for years to come.