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New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Profile: Washington RB Chris Polk

Welcome back to yet another edition of the New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft profile series. After having looked at enough wide receivers, the focus shifts back to running back, a position the Giants could address in any of the early rounds. Today we look at Washington stand out Chris Polk.

After Brandon Jacobs made his way west to the San Francisco 49ers, it created a huge hole behind incumbent starter Ahmad Bradshaw. One could make the assumption the Giants will execute a “next man up” strategy and just let D.J. Ware and Da’Rel Scott fight for the backup duties.

However I do not see Jerry Reese putting his team in that situation. He is too smart for that.

Polk is a second to third round prospect the Giants would likely have to select with their 63rd overall pick. He is a powerful, compact runner who would compliment Bradshaw well. Polk stays behind his pads, breaks tackles and absorbs contact while fighting for yards very well. Excells at running between the tackles and stacked up rushing yards despite playing behind an average offensive line his entire career.

He also is a reliable pass catcher out of the backfield, something the Giants have not had since the days of Tiki Barber. He takes pride in his pass catching ability, but could stand to be a better pass protector. There are concerns that he has lost about 10 pounds of his college playing weight and only put up 16 reps on the bench, but the loss of weight gives him more speed and a bigger threat to go the distance, which will gain him favor from NFL Scouts.

If the Giants feel like this loss of weight will not affect his abilities as a short yardage and third down back, don’t be surprised if they snatch him up in the second or third round.

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