2012 NFL Mock Draft: Washington RB Chris Polk Impresses at Pro Day

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IMarch 9, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Running back Chris Polk of Washington runs through a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Washington running back Chris Polk weighed in lighter and ran faster at UW's pro day on Thursday than he previously recorded during pre-draft workouts, further increasing his stock as the 2012 NFL Draft draws closer.   

Weighing a slim 213 pounds, Polk ran the electronically-timed 40-yard dash in just 4.49 seconds. According to Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times, Polk has lost 13 pounds since the Senior Bowl in January while also slashing nearly a tenth of a second off his 40 time since the NFL combine (4.57).

O'Neil also reported that Polk did 16 reps on the 225-pound bench press and looked smooth in the receiving drills.

A solid top-50 pick in April's draft, Polk is considered by some a fringe first-round selection with a trend upwards. His performance at UW's pro day did nothing to stop that momentum.

Depending on what kind of back teams at the end of the first round are looking for, Polk could be the second player at his position to hear his name called. Alabama's Trent Richardson is a lock to be the first running back selected, but it's wide open for the No. 2 slot.

Miami's Lamar Miller, Virginia Tech's David Wilson, Boise State's Doug Martin and Oregon's LaMichael James can also make a claim to being the draft's second-best running back.

Given what he has accomplished leading up to the draft, it would be hard to tell Polk that he's not capable of being a three-down, impact running back early on at the next level. When drafting a running back in the early rounds, that's all you can really ask for.

While I still give Miller a slight edge over Polk on the "home-run factor," Polk has closed the gap considerably. It wouldn't surprise many if Polk were the second overall running back selected in April over Miller.

Picking Polk early in the second round makes a lot of sense for a team like the Cleveland Browns or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  


2012 NFL Mock Draft 

1.  Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2.  Cleveland Browns – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (via trade with St. Louis Rams)

3.  Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4.  St. Louis Rams – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (via trade with Cleveland Browns)

5.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6.  Washington Redskins – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame  

7.  Jacksonville Jaguars – Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

8.  Miami Dolphins – Courtney Upshaw, OLB/DE, Alabama

9.  Carolina Panthers – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

10.  Buffalo Bills – Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

11.  Kansas City Chiefs – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

12.  Seattle Seahawks – Nick Perry, DE, USC  

13.  Arizona Cardinals – Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

14.  Dallas Cowboys – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

15.  Philadelphia Eagles – Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

16.  New York Jets – Mark Barron, S, Alabama  

17.  Cincinnati Bengals – David DeCastro, G, Stanford

18.  San Diego Chargers – Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

19.  Chicago Bears – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

20.  Tennessee Titans – Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia 

21.  Cincinnati Bengals – Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

22.  St. Louis Rams – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State 

23.  Detroit Lions – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

24.  Pittsburgh Steelers – Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis

25.  Denver Broncos – Devon Still, DT, Penn State

26.  Houston Texans – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

27.  New England Patriots – Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame

28.  Green Bay Packers – Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois

29.  Baltimore Ravens – Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

30.  San Francisco 49ers – Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

31.  New England Patriots – Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

32.  New York Giants – Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama


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