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2024 NFL Draft Profile: Ja’Lynn Polk

Washington Huskies receiver Ja'Lynn Polk has all the essential qualities of an elite jump ball and wide receiver two on an NFL roster.


School: Washington Huskies

Position: Wide Reciever

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 204 lbs.

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2024 NFL Draft: Ja’Lynn Polk Scouting Report

Ja’Lynn Polk was a 3-star football recruit from Lufkin High School in Lufkin, Texas. He received several Division I offers from Power Five schools, but ultimately decided to stay in his home state and attend Texas Tech.

During his freshman season, Polk played in 10 games, making 28 receptions for 263 yards and two touchdowns. However, this was not what he or Texas Tech had expected. As a result, Polk decided to transfer to Washington. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury early on in his sophomore season, which limited him to just three games. During that time, he had five catches for 114 yards and one touchdown. Polk felt like his chances of making it to the NFL were slipping away, but he knew he still had two more seasons left to turn his career around.

During his junior season, Polk had his best season yet, putting himself on NFL teams’ radar. He played in 12 games and had 38 catches for 649 yards and 6 touchdowns, with a quarterback rating of 103.9 when targeted. This highlighted Polk’s greatest attribute, which was his ability to adjust and make any play on the ball. In his senior year, he aimed to solidify his NFL draft stock and played a big role in the Washington Huskies’ journey to the National Championship. He had an impressive 60 receptions for 1000 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games played, with a quarterback rating of 121.6 when targeted. Despite early career struggles, Polk persevered and has positioned himself as one of the top receivers in the 2024 Draft Class.


  • Has incredibly strong hands being able to make unbelievable plays in contested catch situations
  • Is a quarterbacks best friend when it comes to his ability to catch everything
  • Tracks the ball incredibly and has the best catch radius in the draft class
  • He displays an above-average level of physicality when at the top of his routes being able to overpower the defender
  • Above average route running being able to get open and then quickly transition between receiver to runner
  • Boasts great versatility being able to play on the inside as a slot and/or on the outside as a vertical threat
  • Shown improvement in play every single year of his college career
  • Numbers might have been even better if he wasn’t surrounded by multiple top-level receiving talent at Washington
  • Is a great red-zone target and teams will find value in throwing fades toward the corner of the endzone


  • Lacks long speed and might struggle to get open against faster NFL defensive backs
  • Has base-level technical talent often forgetting to use his hands against press-man coverage
  • Doesn’t feel space well in zone coverage and needs to work on feeling his surroundings all around
  • Low-energy run blocker

Projected Draft Position: Early-Mid Second Rounder

Player Comparison: Brandon Aiyuk

Possible Landing Spots: Patriots, Ravens, Jaguars

Ja’Lynn Polk Profile Overview

Ja’Lynn Polk is a highly promising wide receiver who is expected to achieve elite wide receiver two status at the next level. He brings versatility and exceptional jump-ball talent to any team that selects him. His hands are widely considered to be the strongest and most reliable in the draft, making him a formidable force on the field. He possesses outstanding ball-tracking skills, allowing him to catch the ball at its highest point and making nothing seem truly uncatchable for him.

Polk is an intriguing player due to his untapped potential as a YAC receiver. He can easily transition from being a receiver to a runner displaying talent in one-on-one situations. He can explode out of routes and use his exceptional strength and burst to his advantage. Although he may not have an incredible frame, he makes up for it with his physicality. Defenders will find it challenging to press him, for he tries to run through them and uses his strength to get open.

He still has room for improvement as his speed over long distances is lacking. Polk needs to focus on improving his footwork as it may be the only way he can create separation vertically. He won’t be able to outrun many defenders as his game relies more on making plays at the catch point.

He could benefit from learning how to beat a zone defense at the NFL level. It’s going to take a lot of practice, as Polk almost seems useless when going against a zone. He often looks uncomfortable and lost while trying to find the soft spot in the zone. Polk could also use work in his run-blocking, often playing with low effort as a blocker. If he wants to earn more reps at the pro level, he needs to become a more efficient and consistent blocker.

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