2012 NFL Draft: 7 Best Video Highlights of Washington Huskies' RB Chris Polk
There is nothing small about Polk. Not his size (5'11", 215 pounds), his heart or his playmaking ability. And for those reasons, he will garner plenty of attention at the NFL draft.
While he will probably be a second-round selection, Polk could still be a difference maker on a team needing a power runner who can break tackles and challenge linebackers in the open field. He reminds me of a faster Cedric Benson in the open field and he can catch the ball out of the backfield.
What follows are some of his best plays in college, which have helped define him as a running and scoring threat at the next level.
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He made the Washington Huskies offense go.
Whether it was running out of the backfield, catching the ball out across the seam or even picking up the blitzing linebacker on third down, Polk was the man who made it happen.
The Huskies will have a hard time replacing their most prized offensive weapon.
In the game against the Cornhuskers, Polk ran right through the defense, bouncing off tackles to get tough yards and move the chains.
Washington used a steady dose of Polk in the offensive game plan throughout the game.
Polk works well out of the shotgun, both as a runner and a pass-catcher.
Polk was also able to matchup one-on-one with Baylor defenders and moved them backward to gain extra yards of offense.
Polk also spent time as a fullback in the offense, keeping the defense aware of the fact that Polk could move the ball from any position in the backfield.
This isn't the same as the band getting in the way on the field at the end of the contest, but Polk was explosive in the contest against the Bears.
But Polk also did a good job of blocking in the shotgun from the wing. I could also see him as a powerful fullback in the form of Tommy Vardell with better speed.
Straight forward and up the middle over the right guard.
Washington used multiple sets where it tried to fool the defense with reverse-field handoffs.
Colorado had no answer for Polk's straight-forward bursts.
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