Today is the big day for Huskies at the NFL Scouting Combine. Both Jermaine Kearse and Chris Polk were timed and scouted in drills.
Polk blazed a 4.46 second 40 time. That should help ease the questions about his long-speed and athleticism, and may thrust him into the first round. Polk was the second-heaviest (5-11, 215 lbs) runningback to run a sub-4.5 forty yard dash; the other was Utah State’s Robert Durbin. Lamar Miller, perhaps Polk’s stiffest competition for the second runningback on the board, also had a good showing, but Polk is more ideal as a feature back.
Jermaine Kearse struggled today. He ran a 4.58 forty yard dash, and had only a 34 inch vertical. At only 6-1, there is no trait of Kearse’s that makes him physically dominating at the next level, and he’d have to become an excellent and precise route running for teams to believe he’ll be able to get open consistently. Kearse has too much bad tape, and too many bad drops to combined with a lackluster showing at the Underwear Olympics to be considered anything more than a 4th round pick.
All 40 times from unofficial, but arguably more accurate times compiled by Walter Football