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The Kansas City Chiefs were favorites to win the AFC West last season. Their high hopes quickly disappeared after Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, Brandon Siler, and Tony Moeaki went down with season-ending injuries.
With these key starters back in 2012, the Chiefs have the potential to represent the AFC West in the playoffs.
The loss of Charles in Week 2 clearly hurt Cassel's production. He threw for 0 touchdowns and nine interceptions during the nine games he played prior to injuring his throwing hand.
Running backs Thomas Jones and Jackie Battle are both free agents this offseason. This leaves the pint-sized Dexter McCluster as the only back behind Charles on the depth chart. For this reason, the Chiefs will be looking for a bigger back to complement Charles.
The Chiefs will target Chris Polk in the second round to provide much-needed depth and security to the position.
At 5'11" and 224 pounds, Polk has the talent to do it all. In his four years at Washington, he scored 30 touchdowns and finished three seasons with at least 220 carries and 20 receptions.
Polk has great balance and vision. He runs tall but lowers his shoulder at the point of contact. He has the power to drive the pile and the finesse necessary to break big runs.
Polk's only downside is his lack of speed, but he is confident that he can prove the doubters wrong by running the 40-yard dash in about 4.4 seconds.
The combination of Charles and Polk will create one of the most dynamic backfields in the NFL. Polk is starter quality and will be able to handle the full load if Charles has to miss any time.
Don't be surprised if Polk has the most productive career out of all the running backs chosen in the 2012 NFL Draft.