Possible complement to Shonn Greene? Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Jets Draft Spolight: RB Chris Polk


The Jets are a little thin at the running back spot. The spots underneath Shonn Greene are unproven, and with shaky numbers at best, Greene has yet to prove that he can take the full season carry load. So we take a look at Chris Polk, from the University of Washington.

For a full scouting report, take a look at our report on nflmocks.com

In 2011, Polk ran for 1,096 yards and 9 TDs, averaging 5.29 yards per carry.(partial season statistics)

Pros: He keeps his feet moving, gains a lot of yards after contact, which would be great for the “ground and pound”. Polk is a good north/south runner, tough between the tackles, and shifty in open space. He also has soft hands in the receiving game too.

Cons: His straight line speed is not elite. He isn’t a great pass route runner, more of a screen pass catcher, and his blocking skills are still evolving.

If he slips to the 3rd round he might be a great fit. If they project him in the first or second rounds, I think pass rusher and offensive line might be a better way to go. But on day 3, he’s elusive, tough, and runs hard, would be a great addition to the ground and pound.

 

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  • PatsFanSD

    You forgot his take on these SWEET new Jets uniforms: http://ow.ly/a52VF 

  • CharlieShannon

    he rean for 1488 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011 you might be looking at his redshirt freshman year.

  • NFLDIARY

    You’re completely off on Polk…lets start with you posted incorrect stats and you pretty much just copied everything your misguided link to nflmocks says…they clearly have no idea what they are talking about at least about Polk He has improved every single year and as far as his receiving skills he came to UW and was recruited by USC as a WR so he’s at least an above average RB when it comes to route running if not elite….as far as his straightline speed he ran a 4.52 at the combine and a 4.45 at his pro day hes more than fast enough to be a successful productive RB in the league…his stats are as follows:
    Year     Attempts     Yards      TD      YPC      Rec      Yards    
     2011       293           1488       12      5.1        31          332    
     2010       260           1415        9       5.4        22          180
     2009       226           1113        5       4.9        25          171
     
     
    I realize you are “advocating” the jets to potentially draft Polk and I agree with you he would make a good fit…..just please Do Your HW! not just from 1 site Thanks!

  • NFLMocks

     @NFLDIARY Stats aren’t off on the site at NFlmocks–the report was written before the end of the season. http://nflmocks.com/2011/11/12/chris-polk-scouting-report-rb-washington-huskies/ the stats were posted through that day
     
    And we never said he can’t catch the football, but he isn’t a guy like C.J. Spiller who runs routes he’s used as an outlet receiver-just because he came to school as a Wr, doesn’t mean he ran a lot of different types of routes at Washington.
     
    And 4.52 is not Elite speed-it’s good speed.
     
    Polk is 52nd on our board. We like  him, but stand by our assessment, which I don’t think you read fully.