2017 NFL Draft

Ray Polk, FS

School: Colorado  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 219 lbs.
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04/21/2013 - ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Ray Polk, Colorado, 6-1, 219, 4.42* ... Demonstrating a combination of physicality and athleticism to go along with his prototypical size, Polk was a surprising combine snub. He certainly made up for it during his Pro Day, registering times in the low 4.4s in the 40-yard dash, a 39" vertical jump, 10-6" broad jump and 19 repetitions of 225 pounds, each which would have ranked among the elite among his position at the combine. Polk's impressive workout isn't the only reason why it was surprising that he wasn't invited to Indianapolis. After a career in which he showed blatant disregard for his own well-being (as well as the health of others), teams may to formulate a consensus medical grade on the big-hitter. While perhaps a bit stiff in coverage, Polk certainly has the explosive closing speed to intrigue as a late-round in-the-box safety and special teams demon.

Five Other Safeties to Consider: 1. John Boyett, Oregon, 5-10, 204, 4.65 (est.) ... 2. Josh Evans, Florida, 6-1, 207, 4.54 ... 3. Cooper Taylor, Richmond, 6-5, 228, 4.49* ... 4. Duke Williams, Nevada, 5-11, 203, 4.48 ... 5. J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern, 6-0, 213, 4.51 - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/28/2013 - 2013 Colorado Pro Day: Ray Polk, S (6-0 3/4, 219) - Polk - who was not invited to the combine - ran the 40 in 4.43 and 4.40 seconds. He had a 39-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-6 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.33 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.10 seconds. He performed 19 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench. An Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach led Polk through his positional drills. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

10/11/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The Buffs have given up at least 30 points in each of their last four games, and that is bad news with high-scoring Arizona State on the way. The good news for Colorado is that senior S Ray Polk may return from injury, and he brings a veteran presence to a young defensive secondary. Polk can only help out a defense that is giving up a conference-worst 308.8 yards per game through the air. PLAYERS TO WATCH: S Ray Polk hopes to play against Arizona State for the first time since suffering a sprained ankle in the season-opening loss to Colorado State. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2012 - FS Ray Polk has missed the last four games with an ankle injury.

09/06/2012 - CB Greg Henderson and Safety Ray Polk both suffered an ankle injury against Colorado State and are listed as day-to-day. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2012 - Ray Polk suffered an ankle injury and is listed as day-to-day. "I don't know, we will have to wait and find out" Colorado coach Jon Embree said of Polk. "I guess tomorrow, I think it is going to be a while regardless with him. Same with Greg Henderson, and a couple other guys with some injuries so we will see where we are at."

08/09/2012 - MOST IMPORTANT COLORADO PLAYER: S Ray Polk - The senior started 11 games last year and led the team with 59 solo tackles and ranked second in total tackles with 80. Colorado gave up 40 or more points to six opponents and ranked last in the Pac-12 by allowing an average of 36.5 points per game. The defense needs to be better if the Buffs are to improve and Polk is the lone starting senior in a young defensive backfield, so his leadership will be essential. He has started 26 games in his career. - The Sports Xchange

07/20/2012 - Top-five Colorado prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. FS Ray Polk...A former highly regarded running back prospect, Polk made the switch to free safety and has developed into one of Colorado's most dependable players. Like Rippy, Polk looks the part, offering an exciting combination of size and athleticism and is a fearless hitter. One of the concerns about him, in fact, is that he has shown a willingness to go for the splashy hit, which has contributed to his own durability concerns and drawn several penalty flags over his career. Polk tied for second on the Buffs with 80 tackles a season ago despite missing two games due to a concussion. Most players would have missed considerably more time as Polk played much of last season with a cracked sternum, as well. Statistically-speaking, Polk hasn't shown much in terms of pass defense. He enters his senior campaign having started 26 games and in that time has broken up only seven passes and recorded just one interception. Scouts might be willing to cut him a break on those totals considering that the Buffs have often been forced to play Polk especially deep to protect a cornerback group that was ravaged by injuries in 2011 but to boost his stock Polk will have to demonstrate better instincts and ball skills as a senior. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ray Polk, Colorado, S, 6-1, 205 (Scottsdale, Az.): Has logged over 70 hours of community service at Upward Foundation that helps mentally challenged kids...Led team with 59 unassisted tackles last season (80 tackles total). - Lott IMPACT Trophy


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