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NFL Combine Results: Chris Polk's Strong Combine Improved Draft Stock, According to ESPN's John Clayton

Former University of Washington running back Chris Polk was shrouded with questions about his size, speed, and strength heading into the 2012 NFL Combine, but did he very best to answer them with his performance at Lucas Oil Stadium, a performance ESPN's John Clayton feels improved his stock heading into his pro day.

"I think he clearly made himself a second-round pick and maybe an outside chance of a first," Clayton told "The Kevin Calabro Show" Monday. "The one thing that teams like is the fact that he can be a violent, powerful back. Some of the guys might be a little faster, but I think Polk really helped himself."

Polk also lost nine pounds from the senior bowl to the combine to further highlight to 'GM's and coaches that I'm dedicated."

Here are Polk's official numbers from the combine:

  • 40-yard dash: 4.57 seconds (14th among RBs)
  • Vertical jump: 31.5 inches
  • Broad jump: 111 inches
  • Three-cone drill: 7.13 seconds (12th among RBs)
  • 20-yard shuttle: 4.21 seconds (10th among RBs)
  • 60-yard shuttle: DNP
  • Bench press: DNP
Polk also said he underwent three separate MRI's at the combine, one on each knee and one one his shoulders; all areas he's had injury problems with in the past. Polk finished his career at Washington second on the all-time rushing list with 4,049.

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