Chris Polk: Undrafted Star Reportedly Set to Go to Philadelphia Eagles

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIApril 28, 2012

SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 05:  Running back Chris Polk #1 of the Washington Huskies rushes against Michael Clay #46 of the Oregon Ducks on November 5, 2011 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. Oregon won 34-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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I was shocked when Chris Polk wasn't drafted in the later rounds, but per our very own Matt Miller, the former Washington Huskies' star has found a home:


Chris Polk to PHI. Chris Owusu to SF. Per agent.

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 29, 2012


Polk landing with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent could be a blessing in disguise.

He was able to pick his location and feel comfortable with his role in the offense. Though it will cost him a little money in the short term, it could end up working out better this way.

During his career at Washington, Polk was a standout performer. In 2011, he rushed for 1,488 yards and 12 TD. He also caught 31 balls for 332 yards and three more scores.

So how did he go undrafted?

He was incredibly productive, he had demonstrated no fumbling issues. That only leaves one thing; you guessed it: injuries.

These two reports circulated during the draft and offer the only sensible explanation as to how he went untouched:

First from NFL Spin Zone


Speculation is that teams are nervous of Chris Polk’s shoulders. However, he didn’t miss games in college and he was cleared by a doctor.

— NFL Spin Zone (@NFLSpinZone) April 28, 2012


and finally from Brad Evans of Yahoo! Sports


Chris Polk likely won't be drafted due to degenerate hip, which he's played with, incredibly well, for past couple years. Value FA. Next PT.

— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) April 28, 2012


We will have to see what happens with Polk moving forward. The Eagles will bring him in, and he'll likely share the rushing load with LeSean McCoy. Hopefully, he can prove the injury concerns were much ado about nothing.