Chris Polk Q&A
This story originally published on ScoutNFLNetwork.com
Chris Polk (US Presswire)
NFL reporter
Posted Apr 2, 2012
Aaron Wilson


When University of Washington running back Chris Polk declared for the NFL draft, only Napolean Kaufman had rushed for more yards than him in school history. Polk rushed for 4,049 yards, trailing Kaufman by 57 career yards. And the All-Pac 12 selection set the Huskies' records for carries with 799 and average rushing yards per game, 101.2.

Polk also had the second-best rushing game in school history in the Apple Cup against Washington State as he gained 284 yards.

Polk rushed for 1,488 yards as a junior after piling up 1,415 yards and 1,113 yards as a sophomore and a freshman.

"Chris' versatility, consistency and durability are what make him more attractive than the other backs in this draft," said Polk's agent, Steve Caric. "He started 38 straight games, rushed for over 1,000 yards each season, and had only five fumbles in over 800 career touches. He had over 100 total yards from scrimmage in 12 of his 13 games in 2011, and over 100 yards rushing in 10 of them.

"What really sets him apart though is that he is a three-down back that can do more than just bounce runs outside. He is known for getting the tough yards and breaking tackles, but he also has the speed and explosiveness to break the big play and to be a weapon in the passing game."

Polk ran a 1.56 in his 10-yard split at the NFL scouting combine, trailing LaMichael James' 1.50 and David Wilson and Lamar Miller's 1.53.

Polk's 10-yard split was the best among the larger backs in the draft and ranked ahead of wide receivers Rueben Randle (1.58), Nick Toon (1.58), Brian Quick (1.59), Kendall Wright (1.60) and Mohamed Sanu (1.60).

His 4.45 Pro Day forty was also the same time that 3rd down backs like LaMichael James and Chris Rainey ran at the Combine, and was faster than both Robert Turbin (4.50) and Doug Martin (4.55).

Polk boosted his stock at the Huskies' Pro Day workout with a 4.45 clocking that was faster than James and Chris Rainey's combine times as well as Robert Turbin (4.50) and Doug Martin (4.55).

Polk's official time at the combine was a 4.57. He dropped three pounds from the combine and was measured at 5-10 1/2 and 212 pounds.

Polk bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times.

We caught up with Polk recently for the following interview:

Scout: What kind of player will the NFL get with you?

Polk: "They're going to get someone who's dedicated to winning and perfecting his craft, someone who genuinely loves what they do. I love what I do. I'm always smiling, but I know when to be serious. I feel like I'm a great person. I make people smile. I'm a dedicated teammate."

Scout: How did your Pro Day go?

Polk: I felt real good about it. I had a lower time. I did real well in my position drills. I only had one drop. I caught the ball real well. I thought it was a great experience."

Scout: What was the NFL scouting combine like for you?

Polk: “I wouldn’t say stressful, but's it’s very tiring and very eventful. It's hurry up and wait with all the medical stuff. At the end of the night, you have interviews with the general managers and the coaches. Overall, it was a great experience. I wouldn't mind doing it again besides all the medical stuff. "I enjoyed talking to all the teams. They were really cool. I was glad to be in the same room with them. The questions were simple. They're trying to find out what kind of character you are and see if you have a temper or what. I wasn't asked anything too crazy."

Scout: How would you decribe your playing style?

Polk: "I"m an all-around type of back. I'm versatile. I'm not just a one-cut running back. I'm powerful, I break tackles and I get to the second level. I can also catch. I'm good with my blocking. It comes down to technique."

Scout: Do you emulate any NFL running backs?

Polk: "I would say Marshawn Lynch. My favorite growing up was Emmitt Smith, how he refused to go down."

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