A Must-Read: Philadelphia Eagles 2012 NFL Draft and Offseason Recap and Analysis

A fantastic article was penned over at our sister site NFLMocks.com by Sayre Bedinger on the Eagles’ 2012 draft and its various implications moving forward.

Check out a few of the excerpts that include comprehensive analysis, biographies, and pre-season scouting reports of all the Eagles’ newcomers is available in what is a certain must-read.

Here’s an excerpt on UDFA running back Chris Polk:

Best Undrafted Free Agent: Chris Polk, RB, Washington

Regardless of his injury history or projected injury trajectory, even if you could get Chris Polk for the duration of his rookie contract, he was worth drafting. When you watch him on the field, he really doesn’t lack much at all. I had a first round grade on him going into the draft, obviously not knowing his medical information that dropped him off of every team’s board. Clearly it was something serious but this guy has been playing hurt the last couple of years and may have seriously hurt his chances in the NFL. I wish him the best health-wise, but I still can’t believe he wasn’t drafted. This guy is the real deal and if the Eagles can get him to stay healthy, he will make the team and contribute.

Pre-season report:

Pros

recruited to Washington as a wide receiver…gains a lot of yards after contact…keeps his feet moving…breaks a lot of tackles…gets north and south in a hurry…does a good job of creating something out of nothing..soft hands used in the receiving game as an outlet…good balance…tough between the tackles…excellent build…shifty in the open field…Really does a good job of planting his foot in the ground and then pushing off in the opposite direction from the defender (“cutting on a dime”)…workhorse…does a good job of setting up his blocks…plus field vision

Cons

Does not have elite straight line speed to run away from defenders at the NFL level…doesn’t run a lot of routes, more of an outlet guy and screen guy…willing blocker, but not a great blocker…Missed almost all of 2008 because of injuries, could be concerns about his shoulders

Player Comparison

Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Thoughts

A few of us here at NFLmocks really love Polk. He has good field vision, soft reliable hands. Polk does a really good job of finding seams in the offensive line and getting north and south in a hurry, he’s impossible to take down with arm tackles. Polk is also very shifty and has powerful legs. He really drives off his plant foot to create separation from the defender which helps him get a step on defenders. He doesn’t have elite speed, but he has more than enough speed to break long runs in the N.F.L. I don’t think he’s an 80 yard threat, but he could have more than his fair share of 40 plus yard runs. Polk has no character concerns but has some shoulder concerns.

Bang it here to get the full rundown as the Eagles kick off day one of their full-team workouts today.

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