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December 10, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Video — Chris Polk talks about his future

An obvious storyline hanging over the Alamo Bowl is whether it will be the final game as a Husky for running back Chris Polk.

It’s a topic I addressed in this story for the Sunday paper.

Most people figure he’s gone, but as you can read in the linked story, Polk isn’t tipping his hand and says he hasn’t really thought about it yet.

I asked NFL Draft expert Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com for some thoughts on Polk. Here’s his full evaluation of Polk:

“Polk has demonstrated virtually all of the traits NFL scouts are looking for in a potential high round draft selection. Most impressive is Polk’s rugged running and yards after contact. The Washington running back seems to relish contact in a similar way as current Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch. Like Lynch, Polk is quick to the hole, is capable of making defenders miss in small areas and is a reliable handler of the football. Each has also made gains in the passing game, demonstrating the hand-eye coordination to be a weapon out of the backfield as well as toughness and recognition to help in pass protection. Based on these traits, Polk would appear to be a candidate to join Lynch as one of the increasingly rare running backs drafted in the first round.

There are, however, three distinct reasons why I feel it more likely Polk will wind up drafted later than the first round. For one, NFL teams are shifting away from featuring one lead runner. Teams simply don’t see the value in using this high of a pick on players they may rotate often. Secondly, Polk does not possess elite breakaway speed. Most importantly, considering the physical nature with which he runs, there will be concerns as to how much tread is left on Polk’s tires. As such, the medical grade he is given by NFL team doctors will play a critical role in determining his final draft status.

Based on Polk’s game film, an understanding of the running backs likely to be available in the 2012 draft and the expectation that he’ll get at least an average medical grade, Polk is likely to be selected in the second round.”

And here’s some video of Polk talking to reporters after practice on Friday where you can see him answer the questions about what he’s thinking for yourself:

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