Washington Huskies are certainly well aware of the talent level of running back Chris Polk. As of mid-February, however, he is only projected to be selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. A strong showing at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine may change all that, but for now, let's take a look at where the mock draft analysts are placing him.
In the latest mock draft over at Drafttek, analyst Scott Nelson predicts that the Denver Broncos could select Polk in the second round, as the No. 57 overall pick. Here's Nelson's rationale:
With FoxBall in full swing, the NFL's leading rushing attack needs to add to its stable of workhorses and Polk definitely fits that bill. He's had a truly prolific career at UW with a bit over 4,000 yds in just the past 3 years. His YPC has consistently hung around 5 and his TD production has climbed every year (to 15 in 2011). He's a solidly-built, hard-hitting kid, who doesn't go down on first contact. His reception totals went up this year (31 for 332 yds), and he's a willing and able pass blocker. The big concern here, and it's a very legitimate one, has to be his injury history. With two shoulder surgeries and a knee scope, NFL teams will want to take a close look at the combine. If he checks out, this would be a solid pickup at a position of need. If he doesn't there are a couple other great backs available here like LaMichael James (Yeah, baby) as well as some very solid WR possibilities (both (e.g., Doug Martin).
The Broncos made an improbable run into the postseason last year. A talented rusher could only improve their chances in 2012.
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